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Report: APA Coordinated with Bush Admin to Enable Torture Program

HeadlineMay 01, 2015

New details have emerged on how the American Psychological Association aided government-sanctioned torture under President George W. Bush. Psychologists played a key role in the Bush administration’s torture and interrogation program, helping to develop techniques and monitor sessions. The involvement of health professionals helped provide legal cover. In a new report, a group of dissident psychologists and activists concludes the APA “secretly coordinated” with top U.S. officials to create an “ethics policy on national security interrogations” in line with the authorization for CIA’s torture methods. The report says the APA’s involvement “undermines the fundamental ethical standards of the profession.” The APA denies coordinating its ethics policy with the U.S. government. An independent review convened by the group last year is still underway.

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