August 11, 2015
The APA’s Watershed Move to Ban Psychologists’ Complicity in Torture
Posted by Cara Solomon
Up today on the Just Security blog, Deborah Popowski gives her initial reflections on the substantive provisions of the APA’s new policy, adopted last Friday, to ban psychologists from national security interrogations. She writes, in part:
“It was a stunning about-face for the APA. Having spent the better part of the last eight years supporting the “dissident psychologists” in their battle against the organized profession, I had trouble believing my ears as the steady wave of yesses rolled through that Toronto conference room last week. It was as if we had stepped into an alternate reality.
I predict that ultimately, this resolution will be more powerful than its AMA and American Psychiatric Association counterparts precisely because it took years of dogged advocacy to achieve. The APA’s bad behavior was a mobilizing force for psychologists of conscience. The organization now faces a savvy group of reformers that understand its playbook and will keep pressing for enforcement. I look forward to seeing how they ride this wave of momentum.”