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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 a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, and the former executive director of Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania..

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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 3, 2018
The DCCC's Mind Games and the Ballad of Roy Moore It's bad enough that the business-friendly Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and other establishment Democrats are aggressively tipping the scales in favor of their hand-picked "moderate" candidates in primary contests around the country. It's even worse that they've now taken to defending this strategy by comparing unwelcome progressives to the likes of Roy Moore.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 19, 2011
Four Psychologists at the Gates of Hell A cautionary tale about psychologists, torture, and golden eggs.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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."
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(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 28, 2019
Psychology's "Dark Triad" and the Billionaire Class Psychological research suggests that the super-rich, as a group, aren't necessarily the role models we collectively need if our goal is to advance the common good and build a more decent society. In particular, one reason to be skeptical involves a constellation of interlinked personality traits -- Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism -- that psychologists call the "Dark Triad."
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(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 20, 2018
POLITICAL MIND GAMES: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What's Happening, What's Right, and What's Possible Political Mind Games was written to help inoculate the public against the 1%'s self-serving appeals. When we expose and debunk their mind games, the 1%'s empty rhetoric loses its allure, their selfish motives are laid bare, and everyone can see clearly how a privileged few have fleeced and forsaken the country--and the people--that made their enormous wealth and power possible.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 24, 2014
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.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 21, 2019
Stoking Fear: We Must Remember How the Iraq War Was Sold History shows that fearmongering has long been a standard tactic used to rally public support and acquiescence for military interventions that are both unwarranted and unwise.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 23, 2014
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.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 18, 2018
"They're Different from Us": The Profiteers of Prejudice Today's greed-driven plutocrats know that solidarity with the disadvantaged and mistreated is jeopardized whenever differences like race, gender, and religion are emphasized and exaggerated. That's why they highlight these differences while downplaying similarities in the concerns and aspirations we all share.
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(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The 1%'s Mind Games: Psychology Gone Bad While millions of Americans grasp for lifelines amid the unforgiving currents of extreme inequality, multi-millionaires and billionaires comfortably ride the waves and add to their enormous wealth and power. Progress toward a more equal and decent society depends upon resisting and debunking the seductive propaganda of today's plutocratic snake-oil vendors.
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(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Beware the Bipartisan Legion of Doom: Corporate Democrats and Trump's GOP Corporate Democrats and Trump's GOP are both beholden to the same benefactors: an assortment of status-quo-defending behemoths that includes Wall Street, the oil and gas industry, health insurance companies, Big Pharma, military contractors, and mainstream media conglomerates. They therefore share the same no-holds-barred commitment: making sure that progressive victories are few and far between.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 12, 2014
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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."
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 13, 2020
Still Torturing the Truth, After All These Years The evidence that psychologists were involved in the abusive treatment of detainees is now beyond dispute. We must resist misguided efforts that attempt to rewrite history by denying past wrongs and calamitous choices. Certainly, we owe this to those who have suffered at psychology's hands; we owe it to the profession; and we owe it to the generation of psychologists that will follow us.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 7, 2015
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2019
Silencing Our Veterans: A Bridge Too Far The censorship demands from a faction of APA military operational psychologists threaten to undermine both scientific inquiry and democracy. If we succumb to this bullying, it will encourage a culture of surveillance that chills public discourse and imperils whistleblowers.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 5, 2013
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 4, 2018
Authoritarians, Plutocrats, and the Fight for Racial Justice Overt racism isn't the sole engine that drives opposition to Black Lives Matter and the NFL player protests. Like every social movement, these efforts represent a threat to those who benefit most from the status quo. Atop that list are Trump himself and other tremendously wealthy Americans who choose to exploit their political power in order to advance selfish interests at the expense of the greater good.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 26, 2016
Resisting the Mind Games of Donald Trump and the One Percent Smooth-talking con artists are familiar figures in American folklore. The well-dressed hustler arrives in an unsuspecting town. He pitches some miracle cure or get-rich-quick scheme, door-to-door or from atop a soapbox.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Political Mind Games: The Kavanaugh File GOP leaders have once again turned to their favorite mind game playbook to quell controversy over allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Free PDF Version of POLITICAL MIND GAMES now available As we enter the 2020 election cycle, we're sure to be bombarded with manipulative psychological appeals designed to advance the interests of the super-rich and powerful- at the expense of the common good. To help recognize and counter this propaganda, I've created a free PDF version of my book "Political Mind Games: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What's Happening, What's Right, and What's Possible."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 24, 2011
"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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 16, 2010
In Praise of Shared Outrage Shared outrage can help reverse today's extreme inequalities.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 30, 2017
Bait and Switch: Psychology and Trump's Voter Fraud Tantrums To fully understand Trump's complaints about "illegal voters," we need to recognize that voter fraud and voter suppression are opposite sides of the same coin. By promoting beliefs about the former, the groundwork is laid for pursuing the latter. In this way, tales of unlawful voting have long been a pretext for obstructing the voting rights of U.S. citizens.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 5, 2017
Fear, the NRA and Gun Industry's Deadliest Weapon The NRA and gun lobby aggressively push psychologically-potent appeals because they know nothing sells guns like fear -- including the fear of not having a gun.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2020
Black Lives Matter: Resisting the Propaganda of Status Quo Defenders Political mind games are used by status-quo defending authorities when their apparent wrongdoing and corruption are too obvious to ignore. This is clearly the case in the current national crisis over police brutality and institutional racism, where these manipulative appeals are used to create the doubt and division that undermine the solidarity necessary for achieving long overdue progress. .
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 23, 2020
Asylum, Now an American Horror Story We've seen the Muslim travel ban, the attempted rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the terrorizing of communities by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Now we're witnessing an assault designed to suffocate the hopes and life prospects of asylum seekers.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 19, 2009
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.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Predatory Presidency Predators in the wild aren't the only ones to use trickery, deception, and stealth as complements to brute force. To disguise the real impetus behind its recent executive orders, the Trump White House turns to sky-is-falling psychological mind games, warning us that these steps are necessary to protect the public from dire threats.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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."
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 30, 2017
Facing History: My Reply to APA CEO Arthur Evans Only a clear-eyed view of past transgressions can light the way for a vigorous and unflinching defense of psychology's do-no-harm principles.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Heart of Darkness: Observations on a Torture Notebook Just in time for the Trump Administration's official embrace of brutality, we have another book defending torture: "Enhanced Interrogation" by psychologist James Mitchell. Although subtitled "Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America," Mitchell's implausible and self-serving account actually reveals much more about him than it does about the men he helped torture.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 17, 2017
The Sustaining Fires of Standing Rock: A Movement Grows Regardless of the Dakota Access Pipeline's final disposition in the federal courts, Energy Transfer Partners and its cronies have unleashed a counterforce that may well exceed their comprehension and control. While digging for dollars they've awakened a movement that combines a long-overdue commitment to addressing the trampled rights of Native Americans with a reinvigorated call for climate justice and environmental action.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 20, 2021
The American Psychological Association's "Psychology PAC" Must Do Better It isn't complicated: the American Psychological Association's "Psychology PAC" should do much better than support the political careers of individuals whose actions consistently increase the peril and disenfranchisement faced by the most vulnerable among us.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 28, 2017
From Outer Space, Three Guideposts for the Resistance For the Trump resistance, chronicles of aliens from outer space offer some surprisingly valuable guideposts about key psychological challenges that lie ahead: Beware Trumpian fearmongering, blind loyalists, and divide-and-conquer tactics.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 9, 2021
The American Psychological Association Still Owes Guantanamo's Victims an Apology An official apology from the American Psychological Association to the predominantly Muslim prisoners--and their families and communities--who have been victimized at Guantanamo by the cruel, inhuman, and degrading misuse of psychological practice is now long overdue.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2011
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 11, 2012
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 1, 2019
In a World of Corporate-Backed Politicians, Beware the Sounds of Sirens For many Americans hoping to help steer our beleaguered country toward greater justice and equality, a pair of modern-day--albeit figurative--Sirens are seemingly always poised to draw us off course. Indeed, their beguiling appeals and promises will only grow louder and more persistent as we move ever closer to Election Day 2020.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 15, 2019
Give Peace a Chance: Don't Believe the War Profiteers War profiteers prey on our core psychological concerns with two goals in mind. First, they aim to create an American public that either embraces or at least accepts an endless war mentality. Second, they use these "mind games" to marginalize and disempower anti-war voices. We need to inoculate ourselves against their manipulative tactics, and then help others to do the same.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 30, 2014
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 14, 2013
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 13, 2014
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 15, 2014
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Psychologists Should Now Lead the Call to Close Guantanamo As a matter of history and ethics, it is time for the American Psychological Association and US psychologists to join other human rights groups in calling for the permanent closure of the Guantanamo detention facility.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Rumsfeld Then, DeSantis Now: The Lies That Bind The recent manipulative mind games about COVID-19 from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis should remind us of propaganda we once heard about Iraq from former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The deadly consequences are reminiscent too.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Bernie, Biden, and My Father If my father were alive today, I'm sure we'd still be having our weekly Sunday morning breakfasts together. The number one topic--after his grandchildren--was usually politics. So here in January 2020, that would undoubtedly mean two lifelong Democrats (I'm now 66 myself) sitting at his kitchen table, debating the relative merits of presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 18, 2020
With the Win-Win Machine, Most of Us Actually Lose The Democratic establishment--eager to soothe the billionaire class--portrays progressives as misguided and misinformed, as out of touch with what Americans really want, and as proponents of dangerous reforms. In sharp contrast, they depict so-called centrists as having been unjustly victimized and as blameless for the party's shortcomings.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 22, 2019
Is the American Psychological Association Addicted to Militarism and War? Wedo everyone a disservice when we fail to question and challenge a system and a culture that so readily place them and others in harm's way. It is time for the APA and its members to decide whether the world's largest psychological association is ready to overcome its "addiction" and help lead us forward.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 10, 2014
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.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 8, 2021
U.S. Psychology's Unfinished Journey from 9/11 The past 20 years should be remembered as a critical, painful chapter in the history of U.S. psychology: the misguided enmeshment of psychologists and psychological science in the worst of the so-called war on terror; the unconscionable abuses perpetrated by members of the profession; and the American Psychological Association's own failure to tenaciously defend "do no harm" principles during times of uncertainty and threat.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 3, 2015
How the American Psychological Association Lost Its Way In Toronto this week, APA leaders will face members' confusion and rage during Council governance meetings, a three-day teach-in organized by Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and open town hall meetings. Can this soul-searching be channeled into fruitful reforms, not just to the organization, but for the future of the field? A lot is at stake in the days ahead.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The APA Speaks Out Against Gina Haspel The journey to redemption is long and often tempest-tossed. But the American Psychological Association (APA) took another noteworthy step last week when CEO Arthur Evans Jr. sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee, expressing concern over President Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 21, 2018
Get Ready for These Political Mind Games in 2019 Our core concerns--about vulnerability, injustice, distrust, superiority, and helplessness--are soft targets for manipulation by today's plutocrats. There are twenty "political mind games" we should watch out for in the year ahead. Progress toward greater democracy will depend upon recognizing and resisting them.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 17, 2011
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."
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 18, 2013
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2015
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 23, 2018
Another Crossroads for the APA Leaders of the American Psychological Association (APA) will meet next month in San Francisco at the annual convention. There they will hold two critical votes, both with important ramifications for whether the APA will again lose its way and stumble badly when next confronted with the stark choice between do-no-harm ethics on the one hand and expediency and careerism on the other.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 24, 2014
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 18, 2015
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 11, 2013
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 20, 2016
Standing Firm for Reform at the American Psychological Association Abolitionist Frederick Douglass warned, "Power concedes nothing without a demand." Feminist Audre Lorde similarly advised, "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." Their words are worth remembering as we now witness a coordinated campaign of intimidation, deception, and obfuscation targeting the APA's recent efforts to right its ship and institute meaningful ethical reforms in national security contexts.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 14, 2015
Reflections on a Historic APA Convention and the Road Ahead Last week's convention of the American Psychological Association witnessed an unprecedented victory for advocates calling for the APA to prioritize psychology's do-no-harm ethics in national security settings. But attendees have returned home still uncertain as to whether the APA's leadership will persevere in pursuing a course of transparency, accountability and reform -- after a decade of collusion and cover-up.
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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?
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A Tale of Two Caravans It makes sense that Donald Trump and other GOP leaders are worried about an approaching caravan. But it's not the one you're probably thinking of.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Commitments the APA Should Make Today It is reasonable to expect that the soon-to-be-released Hoffman Report will provide evidence of grave collusion between the American Psychological Association and government agencies involved in the torture and abuse of war-on-terror detainees. This is an opportune time for the APA's leadership to commit to specific actions if this indeed proves to be the case.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 1, 2015
When Psychologists Deny Guantanamo's Abuses Disgruntled factions are pursuing a deceptive and self-protective campaign aimed at discrediting the recent Hoffman Report, which documented extensive and compelling evidence of collusion between leaders of the American Psychological Association and Department of Defense officials. The latest entry comes from the leadership of the APA's military psychology division.
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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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 25, 2015
PsySR Supports Iran Nuclear Deal In a statement released yesterday, Psychologists for Social Responsibility endorsed the Iran Nuclear Deal as an important and promising step toward greater peace.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 29, 2015
Making a Choice: APA Reform or Business As Usual? Following a seven-month investigation, an independent report revealed extensive collusion between the American Psychological Association and the Department of Defense in support of psychologists' involvement in coercive war-on-terror interrogations. Now a campaign is underway to discredit that report, and to turn the APA away from much needed accountability and reform.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 10, 2015
"No Cause for Action": Revisiting the Ethics Case of Dr. John Leso My new commentary in the peer-reviewed, open-access Journal of Social and Political Psychology offers a thorough examination of the seemingly inexplicable decision by the American Psychological Association's Ethics Office not to pursue action against psychologist John Leso -- despite his documented role in the abusive treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
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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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 3, 2008
Anchors for Progressives The "anchoring effect" in psychology has important implications for how progressives should approach policy debates in this election season.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 13, 2008
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?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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?
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Congress Needs A Shot In The Arm The "how" and "why" of White House fear-mongering, and what Congress must do about it.

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