Saturday, October 11, 2008

About Effing Time

The American Psychological Association (APA) has finally approved the banning of any of its members from being part of interogations in Gitmo, Iraq, Afghanistan, & any & all of the CIA's illegal prisons around the world. Almost 60% of the membership voted for the measure. This vote drew more people than any in the APA's history. I hope those members that did participate in these immoral/illegal activities are kicked out & rot is some special place.
APA officials initially suggested they would delay implementing the referendum for up to a year. But in a surprise move, APA president Alan Kazdin recently wrote President Bush to inform him of the decision.
AMY GOODMAN: The letter says: “The effect of this new policy is to prohibit psychologists from any involvement in interrogations or any other operational procedures at detention sites that are in violation of the U.S. Constitution or international law…In such unlawful detention settings, persons are deprived of basic human rights and legal protections, including the right to independent judicial review of their detention…There have been many reports, from credible sources, of torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of detainees during your term in office. Therefore, the American Psychological Association strongly calls on you and your administration to safeguard the physical and psychological welfare and human rights of individuals incarcerated by the U.S. government in such detention centers and to investigate their treatment to ensure that the highest ethical standards are being upheld.”

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