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Psychologists adopt anti-torture policy - Psychologists take stand against military torture
AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/06 | Mary Foster - ap

Posted on 08/10/2006 7:47:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

NEW ORLEANS - The American Psychological Association took a stand against torture Thursday but kept an existing policy saying that it's ethical for psychologists to assist in military interrogations.

Critics said the new policy, adopted at the group's convention, does not go far enough to keep its members from becoming embroiled in practices that could violate the principles of human rights.

"The ultimate question is, should psychologists participate in national security interrogations, and the answer is no," said Leonard Rubenstein, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights. "It's a question that other medical groups have addressed and the APA has not."

The APA adopted as policy long-standing international human rights standards for the prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.

"The Association unequivocally condemns any involvement by psychologists in torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This APA policy applies to all psychologists in all settings," a statement released by the organization said.

An APA policy issued last year said that while psychologists should not get involved in torture or other degrading treatment, it was ethical for them to act as consultants to interrogation and information-gathering for national security purposes.

That stand troubled some members of the organization in light of reported abuses at Guantanamo Bay, in Iraq and elsewhere.

News reports have said that mental health specialists who are helping U.S. military interrogators have helped create coercive techniques, including sleep deprivation and playing on detainees' phobias, to extract information.

"There is no way for the APA to be involved in those interrogations without becoming complicit in torture," said Rubenstein, who was among the speakers at this week's convention.

The American Medical Association has adopted what many view as a stronger stand against physician involvement in prisoner interrogation, echoing a position held by the American Psychiatric Association, whose members are medical doctors. The U.S. military has indicated it will therefore favor using psychologists, who are not medical doctors and are not bound by the other groups' policies.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: adopt; antitorture; gramsci; military; policy; psychologists; torture
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1 posted on 08/10/2006 7:47:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

psychology majors...hehe..haha


2 posted on 08/10/2006 7:48:00 PM PDT by teldon30 (Far right, elitist, sexist, cynical religious bigot and looter)
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... kept an existing policy saying that it's ethical for psychologists to assist in military interrogations.

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Many had wanted a policy that psychologists should not assist in military interrogations.


3 posted on 08/10/2006 7:48:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

They probably don't object to beheadings though.


4 posted on 08/10/2006 7:49:50 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Image hosted by Photobucket.com Cake??? or DEATH...

cake please.

5 posted on 08/10/2006 7:50:59 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, there is a good point here.

I've not met a psychologist that doesn't monologue.

They go on, and on, and on, and on....

It is torture.

It could work.


6 posted on 08/10/2006 7:52:43 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

These shrinks most likely do not know what it is to be responsible for soldiers lives that are on the battlefield. Captured enemy soldiers have important information. It is imperative that this information be gotten.


7 posted on 08/10/2006 7:54:17 PM PDT by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I note no mention of the abuse our troops have had to endure from the prisoners at Gitmo. Why does this not surprise me?


8 posted on 08/10/2006 7:54:39 PM PDT by logic101.net (Support OUR troops, NOT their's!)
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To: NormsRevenge
The members of this association should be dispachted to the mountanious regions of pakistan to learn how to kneel for the video camera and scream for mercy, orange jumpsuits would be a nice touch also.
9 posted on 08/10/2006 7:56:09 PM PDT by claptrap (optional tag-line under reconsideration)
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To: NormsRevenge

What a bunch of perfidious ingrates!

But what else is to be expected of a group that defines perverse lifestyles
as normal.


10 posted on 08/10/2006 7:56:18 PM PDT by VOA
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To: teldon30
This fruitcake has been discussed previously. He seems to have a lot to say about things that don't concern him.

 

Leonard Rubenstein, Physicians for Human Rights
lrubenstein@phrusa.org

Other neurotic freaks from "PHR"

11 posted on 08/10/2006 7:57:27 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: NormsRevenge

APA misses by a mile once again. What an irrelevant 'science.'


12 posted on 08/10/2006 8:06:52 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: NormsRevenge

APA misses by a mile once again. What an irrelevant 'science.'


13 posted on 08/10/2006 8:08:25 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: teldon30

LOL! You knew a lot of those in college too, huh? LOL! Still trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives 30 years after graduation. It's just a constant battle with their "inner child." LOL!


14 posted on 08/10/2006 8:09:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Before you respond to that poll, imagine flying coach and Abdul just became your new pilot.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

They are just folks that want to be at the college scene but can't cut the curriculum in any other department...not even education...sorry if it rumples feathers for some...just mho.


15 posted on 08/10/2006 8:12:56 PM PDT by teldon30 (Far right, elitist, sexist, cynical religious bigot and looter)
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To: NormsRevenge

have a vision...glasses...facial hair...tweed jackets with leather elbow patches...as a rule, far left leaning Ivory Tower types...


16 posted on 08/10/2006 8:13:33 PM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: teldon30

Funny, the military is against torture too...Show me one manual that the US Military uses that says to torture people.

What a bunch of HOMOS these Psychology types are..not academically gifted enough to go for the MD, they cop out and go for the PhD...homos./..


17 posted on 08/10/2006 8:16:19 PM PDT by RadioCirca1970
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To: NY Attitude

Can someone post a photo of Bob Newhart? "Hi Bob"


18 posted on 08/10/2006 8:20:32 PM PDT by Holicheese (Gran Habano #5 Corojo is awesome)
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To: saganite
They probably don't object to beheadings though.

Of course not. Beheadings are a prime source of heads for the shrinks to shrink.

19 posted on 08/10/2006 8:29:24 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Is tractus pro pensio.)
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To: Holicheese

I kind of like the picture of Henry Silva when he was portraying a pshy-ops doctor in Nam.


20 posted on 08/10/2006 8:33:27 PM PDT by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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