Tuesday, June 23, 2009

That torture we collaborated in? It was terrible!

Now perhaps that a new sheriff's in town -- no conscious reference to Blazing Saddles! intended -- the American Psychological Association figured this was good time to reiterate that torture is just awful.

Sullivan links to what the APA left out:
Unfortnately, the styatement, while an improvement on recent communications from APA, is still deeply flawed. Notice that they fail to mention that among the “some psychologists[that] did not abide by their ethical obligations to never engage in torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” were likely several members of their PENS [Psychological Ethics and National Security] task force that formed ethics policy for the association. Any claim that the APA leadership acted in good faith as they confronted this isssue is belied by that leadership’s actions in creating and long standing behind this deeply flawed unethical task force with multiple conflicts of interest at its core.
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