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To Ensure No Harm, Shouldn't a Psychologist Be in the Interrogation Room?: The APA Ban on Torture

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.

The Brutal Toll of Psychologists' Role in Torture

Donna McKay | Posted 08.06.2015 | Crime
Donna McKay

Acknowledgment accompanied by justice and accountability helps restore that sense of control. But for national security detainees held by the U.S. government and its proxies, justice and accountability are being systematically denied as a matter of law.

Our Psychological Crisis: Making Sense of the American Psychological Association's Collusion with Torture

Deborah Kory | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Deborah Kory

What shocks me is how shocked my professional community suddenly seems to be, since much of the information in the Hoffman report has been available to the public for many years, thanks to the ceaseless work of activist psychologists like Steven Reisner, Stephen Soldz, and Jean Maria Arrigo, who first blew the whistle on the APA's cover up back in 2006.

Surviving, Evading, Resisting and Escaping (SERE) Accountability

Mark Fallon | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Mark Fallon

The American Psychological Association's (APA) recent release of an internal investigation of possible ethics violations by APA members is just another example of the devastating consequences of the decision to employ inhuman, degrading and abusive treatment of prisoners as an instrument of national policy.

Justice Matters: Holding People Who Torture to Account

Widney Brown | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Widney Brown

In short, there is a problem with justice in the United States. Government resources are used to protect the privileged, and crimes are largely excused when they are committed by police, private security contractors, members of the U.S. military or intelligence agents.

Ali Watkins

Obama Interrogation Advisor Vindicated In New Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former Bush administration official who currently advises the Obama administration’s elite interrogation force was not integral to t...

US Torture Doctors Could Face Charges After Report Alleges Post-9/11 'Collusion'

The Guardian | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

The largest association of psychologists in the United States is on the brink of a crisis, the Guardian has learned, after an independent review revea...

100 Groups From Around the World to UN: Demand Accountability for CIA Torture

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

Wednesday, the largest-ever group of civil society organizations from scores of countries urged the UN Human Rights Council to call out the United States for failing to provide justice for both the perpetrators and the victims of the CIA's abhorrent torture program.

Reflections on Violence

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Violence All Around by John Sifton is a thoughtful, well-written book that is made stronger through Sifton's personal anecdotes, as well as his own research into the history of violence.

Ali Watkins

Here's Where 2016 GOP Hopefuls Came Down On Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An unlikely cross-aisle coalition in the Senate voted Tuesday to outlaw torture, in an overwhelming affirmation that included quite a fe...

Ali Watkins

Senate Votes To Outlaw Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a landmark showing, lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw the practice of torture and solidify a noncoercive method of int...

Ali Watkins

Congress Is Poised To Make Illegal Torture More Illegal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers did Tuesday what rights groups and a broad chorus of government officials have urged for years: In this ...

The Other Conspirator

Barbara Myers | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Barbara Myers

While Daniel Ellsberg, his compatriot and companion in revelation, remains a major figure for his role in releasing the Pentagon Papers, Tony Russo is a forgotten man. That's too bad. He shouldn't be forgotten. His is, unfortunately, a story of our times as well as his.

Ali Watkins

McCain Leading Quiet Effort To Include Torture Laws In Defense Authorization

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Almost six months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its gruesome summary report on the CIA's post-9/11 torture program --...

Ali Watkins

Is The CIA's Case For Torture Unraveling?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the immediate aftermath of Seymour Hersh’s winding narrative on the killing of Osama bin Laden and an alleged cover-up by the U.S. ...

Ali Watkins

Obama Administration Faces Mounting Pressure To Answer For Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is facing renewed pressure to answer for its track record on torture after the relative calm that followed the ...

Congress Should Act to Solidify Ban Against Torture

Mark Fallon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Mark Fallon

At this point we all know that, in President Obama's words, "We tortured some folks." The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on the CIA's rendition, detention, and interrogation program revealed shocking abuses that went far beyond even the torture that the administration had authorized.

Ali Watkins

Ex-Bush Official With Ties To CIA Torture Program Now Advises Obama Interrogators

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government psychologist who helped craft policies central to the CIA’s torture program is now advising an FBI-led interrogation proj...

Ali Watkins

Meet The Only Person Being Punished After The Senate Torture Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its gruesome report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program, someone is fi...

Fordham's Award to John Brennan Cannot Stand

Jason Steidl | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Jason Steidl

Fordham University's award of an honorary degree to John Brennan, an unapologetic advocate of torture, is a scandal for Christians, a dark moment in the university's history, and a betrayal of its Catholic commitment to human dignity.

Ali Watkins

It's Been A Year Since Senators Voted To Reveal CIA Torture. What Do We Have To Show For It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One year ago Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee, then under the command of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), voted to share with ...

Torture and the Moral Bankruptcy of Barack Obama (And the Rest of Us)

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

President Obama deserves credit for his candor. He admits that we tortured people after 9/11, and that our actions violate our highest ideals as a nation. But apologies are hollow if they are not followed by attempts to make amends. "Sorry" is a lie if it is only a word. President Obama needs to prosecute.

Ali Watkins

In Condemning Human Rights Abuses, CIA Director Stirs Up Old Agency Wounds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- CIA Director John Brennan is all about transparency and accountability when it comes to human rights abuses -- at least, it seems, when it...

How to Be a Hero: Insight From the Milgram Experiment

Matthew Hollander | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
Matthew Hollander

This unilateral focus on the dark side has had the unintended effect of blinding us to one of the most obvious and inspiring features of the experiment: it also showed that hundreds of ordinary people -- though the minority of Milgram's participants -- did in fact have what it takes to stand up for what is right.

Their Barbarism and Ours

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It will come as no surprise to you that we're top-notch when it comes to denouncing barbarism -- as long as it's theirs. Unfortunately, when it comes to our own barbarism, we turn out to be a tad weaker, whether you're talking about torture or the deaths of children by drone.