American Psychologists Association Votes Overwhelming to Support Torture

While the AMA and the American Psychiatrists Association had rejected their professionals being at all involved with interrogation or torture, the Psychologists have taken another road:

After a raucous debate about what role – if any — psychologists should play in U.S. government interrogations of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the American Psychological Association voted overwhelmingly today to reject a measure that would have banned its members from those interrogations. Instead, the association passed a competing measure that reaffirms the organization’s position against torture “and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment” of terror suspects. For the first time on record, the resolution lists specific treatment that the association opposes, including mock executions, water-boarding, sexual humiliation and induced hypothermia.


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