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Monday, September 03, 2007

A Major Blow Against Human Rights: A Sad Day for Psychologists - By LINDA M. WOOLF

Less than two weeks ago, the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives passed the 2007 Reaffirmation of the American Psychological Association Position Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and Its Application to Individuals Defined in the United States Code as "Enemy Combatants." At that same time, the Council of Representatives voted not to support a statement limiting psychologist involvement in interrogations of prisoners defined as "enemy combatants."(a)

Col. Larry James, a psychologist at Guantanamo Bay speaking before the APA Council of Representatives, stated not once but twice, "If we remove psychologists from these facilities, people are going to die." This statement is frightening in its implication. It essentially argues that psychologists are the primary protectors of prisoners­they stand between life and death, between these sites being defined as prison camps or even concentration camps as opposed to death camps. I find this chilling.

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Blogger Malaika said...

The fact that APA is supporting this statement is really good as some innocnet poeple area also tortured while interogation...which should be prevented.

September 03, 2007 6:59 AM  

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