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CYA for the CIA: The CIA's Torture Research Program

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In February 2010, after eight years of stalling, the APA removed from its ethics code a related loophole, ethics code standard1.02, often described as the "Nuremberg Defense," that allowed dispensing with any section of the code when it was in conflict with "the requirements of the law, regulations, or other governing legal authority." But even with the long-delayed correction to 1.02, changes permitting psychologists to perform research on subjects without their consent remain in the ethics code. To date, there has been no explanation offered by the APA for reducing the standard on informed consent, nor has there been any response to longstanding calls from PHR, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and numerous other psychological and human rights groups to restore psychologists' informed consent ethical obligations the standards that all other health professional associations have instituted since Tuskegee and Nuremberg. Psychologists and others should demand that the APA immediately remove this ethics code section.

Note: Work such as the production of this report takes extensive resources. It is only possible because of the generosity of those who contribute to PHR. Readers who value this information might consider going to PHR's web site for the report and making a contribution.

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Stephen Soldz is psychoanalyst, psychologist, public health researcher, and faculty member at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is co-founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and is President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He was a psychological consultant on two of (more...)

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....research for knowledge to be utilized in the f... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 1:23:24 PM
I personally think the downfall of the US had to d... by Steven G. Erickson on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 1:31:56 PM
It is important to document "the monster." I find ... by John Bessa on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 2:10:02 PM
THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR SEVERAL YEARS N... by Joe Giambrone on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:09:42 PM
The fact that torture (and other mind altering tac... by Philip Dennany on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:33:49 PM
The last good data dump concerning Pearl Harbor ca... by Richard Pietrasz on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 5:00:19 PM
We live in a corporate controlled government that ... by Harvey Solomon on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 5:04:39 PM
For both the US military or the CIA, professionali... by Richard Pietrasz on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 5:13:23 PM
When will America's Dr. Mendele(s) be exposed, tri... by syed mahdi on Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010 at 10:14:48 AM