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Ethics First: A Response to Our Critics

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APA leadership has supported psychologists' participation in what were known to be abusive and coercive detention and interrogation practices; certain APA members have been directly implicated in these abuses in public documents, including congressional testimony and military investigations; and the APA Board put its ethics policy for national security settings in the hands of psychologists who were part of the very commands accused of detainee mistreatment. The Coalition believes these are very serious matters, and we hope you agree. We flatly disagree with any suggestion that the threat to the APA comes from publicizing these concerns and not from the unethical activities themselves. 

Again, we extend our thanks to you for bringing greater attention to the call for annulment of the PENS Report. We welcome the opportunity to continue and to extend this important discussion. Please share this response to your letter with the full membership of Division 42.


Roy Eidelson

Stephen Soldz

Steven Reisner

Brad Olson

Trudy Bond

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Jean Maria Arrigo

Cc: APA Board of Directors

       APA Council of Representatives

       APA Division Leadership

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Roy Eidelson is a psychologist who studies, writes about, and consults on the role of psychological issues in political, organizational, and group conflict settings. He is president of Eidelson Consulting, a past president of Psychologists for (more...)

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the APA may be one more institution that has been ... by intotheabyss on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:45:24 AM