A recently published essay co-authored by a former Guantanamo psychologist reveals that APA’s long-time ethics director, Stephen Behnke, worked as a consultant when the controversial Behavioral Science Consultation Teams were being reworked by the Department of Defense. The revelation amplifies recent findings about the very close role APA officials played in the construction of the Bush Administration’s torture program.
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|By: Jeff Kaye Wednesday August 24, 2011 9:07 pm|
A new proposed “casebook” on psychologist ethics in national security settings, written by the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association (APA), tells psychologists that when assessing whether an interrogation technique is abusive or not, they should consider, among other factors, whether there are “data to support that the technique is effective in gathering accurate information.” This determination, which places the needs of the military or intelligence gathering entity above that of the person the psychologist is examining, demonstrates how blatantly unethical it is for psychologists to participate in these interrogations.