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If Not Now, When? -- APA Fails to Sanction Psychologist in Guantanamo Torture Case

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Stephen Soldz

Brad Olson

Jean Maria Arrigo

Trudy Bond

For the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology

February 10, 2014



[1] Coalition member Trudy Bond filed the ethics complaint  against Dr. Leso with the APA Ethics Office almost seven years ago on April 15, 2007, and she provided additional documentation the following year . Coalition member Steven Reisner filed an ethics complaint regarding Dr. Leso's actions with the New York State Department of Education on July 7, 2010.

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[2] The Leso case can also be seen as potentially implicating other psychologists. Dr. Leso's actions at Guantanamo were overseen by at least two APA members. It has been documented that they knew about Dr. Leso's actions and either arranged training for him or reviewed his interrogation protocols.

[3] This resolution specifically cited the UN Principles of Medical Ethics, which states, unconditionally, "It is a contravention of medical ethics for health personnel, particularly physicians, to be involved in any professional relationship with prisoners or detainees the purpose of which is not solely to evaluate, protect or improve their physical and mental health."

[4] From Article IV of the APA Bylaws: "There shall be a Council of Representatives which shall be the legislative body of the Association and shall have full power and authority over the affairs and funds of the Association within the limitations set by the Certificate of Incorporation and these Bylaws, including the power to review, upon its own initiative, the actions of any board, committee, Division, or affiliated organization."

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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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