Monday, August 20, 2007

Update: American Psychological Association Partially Wimps Out

After a raucous debate about what role - if any - psychologists should play in U.S. government interrogations of terror suspects, the American Psychological Association voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to reject a measure that would have in effect banned its members from those interrogations. Instead, the association passed a competing measure that reaffirms the organization’s position against torture “and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment” of terror suspects

BUT, the organization affirmed its role in terrorism interrogations. Sounds a bit like the "we don't torture" (wink..wink). Like doctors, psychologists should "do no harm." And thus they have no place condoning or giving an aura of acceptability to rough interrogations, which can lead to false confessions. Though it opposed participating/ or being present for waterboarding, hooding or sexual humiliation, there is still a broad range of abusive tactics it did not rule out.