Tahrir Square in Manhattan
Activists in New York have adopted the tactics of the Egyptian activists -- and of their Spanish and Greek fellow activists -- who occupied Tahrir Square as a center of protest activity.
Monday, June 13, 2011(2 comments)
Torture Accountability After All?
Monday's news that Justice Department prosecutor John Durham is actively investigating a CIA-related homicide at bu Ghraib gives hope that there may be some torture accountability after all.
Fleecing members joins torture collusion as APA ethical lapse
The American Psychological Association has become known for its complicity in the Bush-era torture program. Now it turns out that they have also been fleecing their members of tens of millions of dollars obtained through a voluntary assessment they told members was "mandatory."
Monday, October 25, 2010(4 comments)
Iraq War Logs: Early highlights
The Wikileaks release of the Iraq War Logs on Friday has rightly aroused great interest. Here are highlights from early reporting.
CYA for the CIA: The CIA's Torture Research Program
A new report of which I am a coauthor, Experiments in Torture, just released by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) confirms previous suspicions and provides the first strong evidence that the CIA was indeed engaged in illegal and unethical research on detainees in its custody.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
The "Black Jail": Obama's Afghan Torture Center and the American Psychological Association
A recent pair of articles by Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic has shed new light upon the secret "black jail" on the Bagram Air Base. Among other aspects, these new revelations suggest that psychologists may be playing a major role inside the facility, raising questions about the reasons for American Psychological Association (APA) lobbying activities in support of the agency that Ambinder reports is running the detention center.
Iceland Sets New Path Toward Press Freedom
The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative [IMMI] draws upon the best press and information freedom laws from around the world. If passed, it will put Iceland at the forefront of information freedom. It may also help protect media organizations worldwide.
Refusal to investigate Guantanamo psychogist ethics complaint appealed
The Center for Constitutional Rights has appealed the refusal by the Louisiana psychology licensing board to investigate ethics charges against Dr. Larry James for his activities as chief intelligence psychologist at Guantanamo in 2003. James is now a Dean at Wright State University in Ohio.
The American Psychological Association and the Missing Ethics Investigation
In 1999 noted Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley filed an ethics complaint with the American Psychological Association against Navy psychologist Michael Gelles for allegedly participating in the abusive interrogation of Navy Petty Officer Daniel King. The APA refused to investigate the complaint, even ignoring a crucial videotape. Later they appointed Gelles to a task force on interrogation ethics.
Sunday, July 26, 2009(3 comments)
Will the American Psychological Association finally renounce the Nuremberg Defense?
In 2002, the American Psychological Association added the Nuremberg ["just following orders"] Defense to its ethics code for psychologists.This ethics standard allows ignoring professional ethics when they conflict with law or orders, as in systematic detainee abuse. Conflict over removal of this defense has been ongoing since 2005. The APA just postponed any decision for another six months.
Open Letter in Response to the American Psychological Association Board
Today a number of psychological, health, and human rights organizations released the following statement criticizing the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors failure to accept responsibility for the APA's role in facilitating psychologists' participation in abusive national security interrogations.
NY Times ignores evidence of White House pressure behind torture memos
The New York Times, in another of its infamous failures to challenge the interests of the insiders, distorted the meaning of leaked emails from former Justice Department lawyer James Comey on approval of the 2005 torture memos. The Times ignored that the memos demonstrated the intense White house pressure for approval of torture, which undercuts any claim that the memos reflect a dispassionate legal analysis.
Mental Health professionals' letter asks Michelle Obama to investigate diagnostic abuse of veterans
I recently published an article - Diagnostic abuse of veterans and the dilemmas of health professional ethics - on Army pressures for mental health clinicians to not diagnose post traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] in returning soldiers. A group of approximately 130 psychologists and mental health professionals responded to my article by writing Michelle Obama and asking her to look into these charges.
Torture increases terrorist attacks, political scientists find
Daurius Rejali, in his book "Torture and Democracy," argued that the efficacy of torture was incorrectly argued at the level of the individual torture victim. The tortured will talk, and some of what they say may be true, just with the non-tortured, he argued. The right level to discuss this issue is at the level of entire torture programs.
Sunday, May 10, 2009(1 comments)
'Sleep deprivation': Euphemism and CIA torture of choice
"Sleep deprivation," as used by the CIA in its enhanced interrogation program included being shackled to the floor and ceiling for days on end, adding to the torment. Sleep deprivation has long been recognized as torture, especially useful for generating false confessions. We must recognize sleep deprivation as psychological torture, so that its use does not return.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009(1 comments)
New article elucidates military psychologists' complicity in detainee abuse and "ethics" coverup
A new story on Salon and ProPublica provides further details of military psychologists' complicity in US torture. Despite any personal reservations, they helped implement the administration plan to reverse-engineer SERE-based torture techniques. The American Psychological Association then appointed the same military psychologists to formulate its "ethics" policy on interrogation support.
American Psychological Association ethics policy-maker endorses torture
Military psychologist Bryce Lefever tonight endorsed the military and CIA's use of torture techniques developed by the military's SERE program. Lefever's ethical opinions are especially important as he was one of the military psychologists the American Psychological Association turned to to formulate its "ethics" policy regarding psychologist participation in interrogations.