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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 Social Responsibility, and a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology.

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No-Torture-No-Collaboration Thursday, June 4, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Where Have All the Members Gone? Milton Strauss was a member of the American Psychological Association for almost fifty years. His recent resignation is further evidence that the APA's leadership has failed its members and the profession.

Monday, May 18, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fugitive Facts Escape from APA Headquarters As they wait for an investigator's report, APA leaders claim that they've already refuted allegations of collusion in the Bush Administration's abusive "enhanced interrogation program." Such pretense is a disservice to APA members, to the profession as a whole, and to the public at large.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The American Psychological Association's Disappearing History Amid mounting evidence that the American Psychological Association colluded with the CIA in protecting the Bush Administration's abusive "enhanced interrogation program," it appears that someone has been steadily removing valuable, relevant content from the APA website. Perhaps it's true after all: idle hands are indeed the devil's workshop.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The APA Relied on the CIA for Ethical Guidance Last week's release of previously undisclosed emails provides further evidence of the American Psychological Association's extensive and secret involvement with the CIA and White House in crafting ethics policies that permitted psychologists to participate in abusive "war on terror" detention and interrogation operations.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Tuesday, April 7, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The APA and Guantanamo: Actions, Not Words The leaders of the American Psychological Association have an abysmal track record when it comes to meaningful action that runs counter to the Pentagon's own policies on detention and interrogation operations. Time and again in these situations, the APA has trumpeted its commitment to psychology's do-no-harm ethics but then retreated into the shadows when those principled words required principled actions.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Wednesday, March 11, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Collusion? Where the APA Investigator Should Look For years there have been allegations that the American Psychological Association colluded with the Bush Administration to support the use of psychologists in abusive detention and interrogation operations. The APA's standard response has followed the CIA's unofficial motto: "Admit nothing. Deny everything. Make counter-accusations." But now an investigation is finally underway.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rejecting the Obama-Cheney Alliance Against Torture Prosecutions In their joint discounting of government-sponsored brutality, Cheney's torture tolerance and Obama's torture tolerance-lite represent a formidable front against calls for criminal prosecutions and justice.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cast Into the Depths: Perilous Waters for the American Psychological Association The American Psychological Association's salvation begins with letting go of its stubborn denials of any connection to the Bush Administration's program of torture and abuse, its self-righteous assertions that it has always prohibited psychologists from participating in torture, and its false assurances that it will take assertive action against any members implicated in detainee mistreatment.

Monday, December 15, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dear Dr. Kaslow: I Too Am "Outraged, Saddened and Pained" The president of the American Psychological Association has responded to the Senate report on CIA torture with a letter in the New York Times. Dr. Kaslow wrote that she was "outraged, saddened and pained that two psychologists allegedly devised and engaged in brutal interrogation methods." I certainly share those feelings, but Dr. Kaslow should also widen her gaze.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Friday, December 12, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture This week's long-awaited Senate report provides gruesome details of the torture and abuse that took place at black site prisons as part of the CIA's brutal post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. The key involvement of two psychologists in designing and implementing the program raises broad issues and unanswered questions for the profession of psychology.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (19 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Building a Racially Just Society: Psychological Insights Michael Brown's tragic death, the anguish of his family, and the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, are all salient reminders that the longstanding and seemingly intractable realities of unequal treatment, circumstance, and opportunity for African Americans -- and for other communities of color -- pose a difficult yet increasingly urgent challenge.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Thursday, October 23, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
James Risen vs. the American Psychological Association Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter James Risen has a new bestseller, "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War." With access to previously undisclosed emails, he provides a disturbing account of collusion between the American Psychological Association and the CIA. The APA's response to the book fails to rebut Risen's key claims and evidence.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Evidence Links CIA to APA's "War on Terror" Ethics In responding to critics' concerns, the American Psychological Association's leadership has repeatedly denied any collaboration with the military or intelligence agencies that engaged in detainee torture and abuse. But where the truth actually lies just became much clearer with the publication of James Risen's new book, "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War."

General Atomics Reaper Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Predators, Reapers, and Psychology's Do-No-Harm Ethics Just as the American Psychological Association chose to embrace the Bush Administration's "war on terror" and its false claim that psychologists help to keep detention and interrogation operations "safe, legal, ethical, and effective," the APA appears comfortable -- at least in its silence -- with the Obama Administration's suspect claim that U.S. drone policy is "legal, ethical, and wise."

Coalition for an Ethical Psychology Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Complicity: Psychology and War on Terror Abuses While all Americans should be disturbed by findings leaked from the Senate report on the CIA's brutal post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, our nation's psychologists should be especially troubled by this one: "Two contract psychologists devised the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques and were central figures in the program's operation."

Monday, March 10, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Misplaced Priorities at the APA: Expediency over Ethics The American Psychological Association recently decided to forgo disciplinary action against Guantanamo psychologist John Leso. This case illuminates in full measure the APA’s disturbing post-9/11 decision to embrace the burgeoning U.S. “war on terror” national security agenda at the expense of our profession’s do-no-harm ethical principles.

Monday, February 24, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cartoon: APA Weighs the Evidence The Ethics Office of the American Psychological Association recently closed a longstanding ethics complaint against Dr. John Leso without taking any disciplinary action -- despite extensive documentation of his involvement in cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment at Guantanamo. I offer my perspective in the form of a cartoon.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
If Not Now, When? -- APA Fails to Sanction Psychologist in Guantanamo Torture Case Because Dr. Leso’s documented actions at Guantanamo so clearly violated psychological ethics and because this abuse of psychological expertise was undertaken at the behest of governmental authorities, this APA case represents a landmark test of the independence of psychological ethics and professional standards from governmental and institutional pressures.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Psychologist Group Raises Concerns about APA Ethics Decision A letter from Psychologists for Social Responsibility raises key questions about the American Psychological Association's disturbing decision to close an ethics complaint against Guantanamo military psychologist John Leso without formal charges, despite his documented involvement in brutal detention and interrogation operations.

Friday, January 24, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Psychology's Newest Joke: Not Very Funny Yet again, on matters of torture, ethics, and accountability the world's largest psychological association has taken a step in the wrong direction.

Solitary Confinement Tuesday, September 3, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Psychologist's Deceptions about Prison Abuse in California The head of California's prison system, where a hunger strike is now entering its ninth week, is a psychologist with over thirty years of training and experience. But despite belonging to a profession that prioritizes the promotion of human welfare, Dr. Jeffrey Beard has chosen to repeatedly misrepresent the seriousness and legitimacy of the striking prisoners' concerns.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Monday, August 5, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hawaiian Mind Games: APA Fiddles While Psychology Burns Psychologists designed, implemented, supervised, and provided ethical cover for CIA and U.S. military "war on terror" abuses. As a result, the APA has faced repeated calls to take action to prevent future abuses by members of the profession. But APA leaders have responded with empty talk and feeble resolutions. Last week's vacuous exercise was the latest example.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Tuesday, June 25, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Psychologist's Guantanamo Nightmare This glimpse into an imagined dark future reflects the failure of psychology's leaders to adequately defend the profession's ethical commitment to doing no harm. What has already happened cannot be changed, but there are alternative paths forward. The most promising one for my profession requires dedicated and unflinching efforts directed toward accountability and reform.

Coalition for an Ethical Psychology Thursday, April 18, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Psychologists and Torture: Accountability Still Awaits The Constitution Project's Task Force Report on Detainee Treatment documents that psychologists were involved in the design and implementation of interrogation techniques that constituted torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. A serious and thorough accounting is long overdue and indispensable in order to restore the ethical foundations of the profession.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Thursday, April 11, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Guantanamo and the APA: Where Accountability Goes to Die Dozens of prisoners at Guantánamo -- the vast majority innocent of any terrorist involvement -- are now starving themselves to death. Many have suffered not only from indefinite detention, they have also been the victims of horrific physical and psychological abuse often rising to the level of torture -- at the hands of individuals who have never been held accountable.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Neuroscience, Special Forces, and Ethics at Yale Controversy recently erupted over a proposed DoD-funded center for operational neuroscience that would have brought U.S. Special Forces to Yale for interview training. Many questions remain unanswered, and the episode brings much needed attention to the morally fraught and murky terrain where partnerships between university researchers and national security agencies lie.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Torturing the Truth and Whitewashing Hell The controversy continues regarding retired military psychologist Larry James, who is seeking an executive director position at the University of Missouri. At last week's open forum on the campus, he responded to questions about his role in the detention conditions and interrogation practices at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. His answers deserve closer examination.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Torture Debate Echoes: An Army Psychologist's Job Search A controversial finalist in the search for a new division executive director at the University of Missouri's College of Education is a retired Army colonel and military psychologist who held positions of authority during stints at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

Coalition for an Ethical Psychology Thursday, November 8, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ethics First: A Response to Our Critics Greater awareness, engagement, and guidance are urgently needed in order to prevent ethically fraught aspects of national security psychology from undermining our profession's most noble aspirations.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dr. Frankenstein and the APA's Decade of Monstrosities There is no shortage of arenas where the tale of Frankenstein -- of science unmoored from values, of ambition unrestrained by conscience -- resonates today. One that stands out for many psychologists is the APA's ongoing embrace of "war on terror" opportunities that have placed U.S. psychologists at the center of coercive interrogations and other human rights abuses.

Monday, June 11, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Army's Flawed Resilience-Training Study: A Call for Retraction Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, a mandatory resiliency program for all U.S. soldiers, has been heavily promoted by the Army as an urgently-needed response to increasing rates of PTSD and suicide among troops exposed to combat. Unfortunately, we have found that the research evaluating the program is deeply flawed and that the empirical evidence does not support the over-hyped claims that have been made about CSF's effectiveness.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Tuesday, March 13, 2012 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Protecting Psychologists Who Harm: The APA's Latest Wrong Turn A repackaging and renaming strategy of illusion and deception characterizes the APA's latest gambit to both protect and disguise the role of psychologists as purveyors of harm. Meanwhile, a key question remains unanswered: When, if ever, should psychologists engage in coercion, deception, and manipulation?

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Tuesday, January 10, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Psychologists' Collusion in Ongoing Illegal Detentions As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners at Guantanamo Detention Center, several thousand miles away sits another United States detention facility, less well-known but with a history perhaps even more gruesome.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Monday, December 19, 2011 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Four Psychologists at the Gates of Hell A cautionary tale about psychologists, torture, and golden eggs.

Coalition for an Ethical Psychology Wednesday, December 7, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dismantling the Master's House: Psychologists and Torture Professional psychology has made valuable contributions to national security through collaborative efforts with government agencies -- and it will undoubtedly continue to do so. But does anyone truly believe that crucial determinations about psychological ethics should ever be guided by the views and agenda of the Secretary of Defense or the Director of the CIA? Today, a grassroots campaign is underway to address this problem.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Wednesday, November 30, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Thought Experiment About Psychological Ethics Despite psychologists' involvement in abusive national security interrogations, the APA's PENS Task Force concluded that psychologists help to keep interrogations "safe, legal, ethical and effective." The Coalition for an Ethical Psychology is leading a petition campaign calling for annulment of the highly influential PENS Report. As part of this effort, a "thought experiment" letter was recently sent to APA's governing body.

No-Torture-No-Collaboration Thursday, November 17, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Psychologists and Torture: Video and Petition Psychologists have acted as planners, consultants, researchers, and overseers to abusive interrogations of national security detainees. Concerned psychologists and human rights advocates have initiated a petition drive calling upon the American Psychological Association to annul its "PENS Report," a key document promoting the view that psychologists are needed to keep such interrogations "safe, legal, ethical, and effective."

Monday, October 24, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Safe, Legal, Ethical, And Effective"?: It's Time To Annul The Pens Report In recognition of the underlying illegitimacy and ongoing destructive effects of the American Psychological Association's PENS Report, the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology has organized a new online petition campaign calling for the Report's official annulment by the APA.

Thursday, July 7, 2011 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Worse Than Fiction: America's Overcrowded Cellar The budget debates in Washington, DC and around the country reflect an outrageous lack of political will and courage.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In Praise of Shared Outrage Shared outrage can help reverse today's extreme inequalities.

Friday, June 19, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No Place to Hide: Torture, Psychologists, and the APA The role that psychologists and the American Psychological Association (APA) have played in the context of detainee abuse and torture is a pressing concern for everyone committed to human rights. In this 10-minute video, I provide a brief, timely overview of what has unfolded over the past several years and where things stand today.

Monday, May 11, 2009 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Americans Think About Torture--and Why In recent weeks, new revelations about the harsh interrogation and torture of detainees during the Bush administration years have made headlines and stirred controversy. The positions of prominent advocates and opponents on each side are clear. But what do we know about how the American people in general have come to view the use of torture by the U.S. government?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
On the Road to Change: The Psychology of Progress Any difficult journey towards an important goal needs to be measured from dueling psychological perspectives-one focused on the past and the other focused on the future. Progressives will be challenged by these divergent perceptions as we work for a more just society.

Monday, October 13, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How To Sell An Indefensible Status Quo How is it that our country's powerful and self-interested defenders of the status quo so consistently succeed at suppressing popular outrage and combating calls for broad-based, progressive social change?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Martians and Election Day Martians did not really invade the U.S. on October 30, 1938 (Orson Welles' radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds), and McCain-Palin are not really reformist agents of positive change--but will we be fooled?

Thursday, April 3, 2008 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Anchors for Progressives The "anchoring effect" in psychology has important implications for how progressives should approach policy debates in this election season.

Saturday, October 6, 2007 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Congress Needs A Shot In The Arm The "how" and "why" of White House fear-mongering, and what Congress must do about it.