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Friday, August 2, 2013

APA Member-Initiated Task Force to Reconcile Policies Related to Psychologists' Involvement in National Security Settings

The goal of this grassroots task force is to develop a clear, comprehensive policy statement that consolidates existing APA policies into a unified, consistent document. The consolidated policy document will highlight the following principles drawn from existing APA policies:
  1. Torture is always a violation of human rights and psychologists' professional ethics;
  2. Psychologists are always prohibited from engaging in torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment;
  3. Abusive interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding and sensory deprivation, constitute torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment and are always prohibited;
  4. The role of psychologists in unlawful detention settings is limited to working on behalf of detainees or providing treatment for military personnel;
  5. There is absolutely no defense to a violation of human rights under the APA Ethics Code.

Here is a copy of the proposed policy:

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