Friday, February 3, 2023

Tag: CIA torture

U.S. Psychologists Seek to End Torture Programs They Helped Design

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From Alternet: "It’s modestly encouraging that this August two-thirds of governing body voted against a resolution that would have returned psychologists to sites like...

APA Statement on Gina Haspel Nomination

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The American Psychological Association has issued a letter expressing serious concerns about the nomination of Gina Haspel for the director of the CIA due...

APA: Do Not Take a “See No Evil” Approach to Torture

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From Psychology Today: The American Psychological Association has previously taken a number of steps to take responsibility for its involvement in torture and make amends to...

How Medical Professionals Have Enabled Torture

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From Boston University School of Public Health: A new journal article in the American Journal of Public Health evaluates the similarities between the use of medical...

Judge Peels Off Layer of CIA Torture Secrecy

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From Courthouse News Service: Three years ago, the U.S. government revealed only a heavily abridged, 524-page summary of a study on the CIA's enhanced interrogation program; until...

Good Psychologist, Bad Psychologist

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In this episode on BBC Radio, psychiatrist Raj Persaud reports on the CIA's so-called "enhanced interrogation" program, which has frequently been characterized as torture. He discusses...

CIA Torture Psychologists Compared to Poison Gas Manufacturers

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From American Civil Liberties Union: Last week, the defense attorneys of the psychologists behind the CIA's torture program, James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen, compared their...

Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal C.I.A. Interrogations

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From The New York Times: Two psychologists, Drs. John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, who played a role in developing C.I.A. interrogation techniques widely viewed as...

Malignant Normality

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In this piece for Dissent Magazine, Robert Jay Lifton discusses how society's normalization of evil has led physicians and healthcare professionals to legitimize and participate in...

The Psychology of Torture

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“An ordinary person becomes a torturer with surprising ease. The hard part comes when it’s time to be human again,” neuroscientist Shane O’Mara writes...

“Making a Choice: APA Reform or Business as Usual?”

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Former president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), Roy Eidelson discusses efforts to undermine the Hoffman report which revealed the American Psychologica Association’s collusion in torture. "First, from a familiar playbook, we have the obligatory attack on the patriotism of Hoffman and those who have criticized psychologists’ participation in abusive detention and interrogation operations,” he writes. “The most outrageous example comes from two retired military officers, David Bolgiano and John Taylor. In a recent piece they described the Hoffman Report as a ‘classic attack of cowards’ and also stated, ‘By the publication and release of this report, the APA becomes a willing co-conspirator to the likes of al Qaeda and ISIS.’”