American Psychological Association angered many by choosing not to censure psychologist who took part in Guantánamo detainee’s torture
20 February 2014 - Enraged by the US professional psychologists association’s decision not to censure a colleague involved in torture at Guantánamo Bay, members of the association’s legislative body are planning a push to return the issue to its agenda during a biannual meeting that begins Friday.
Members of the council of representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) acknowledge that adding to the agenda a proposed ban on the giving of professional support to military interrogations is an uphill struggle, and one that reopens a bitter internal debate they have thus far lost.
Still, members told the Guardian on Thursday that they nevertheless planned to introduce a resolution that would enforce a 2008 vote preventing psychologists from participating in military interrogations.
“APA is being perceived publicly as aloof to or not concerned enough about the torture issue,” said Scott Churchill, a University of Dallas psychologist who has served on the council of representatives since 2010. read more>>>