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Psychologists protest vote by American Psychological Association

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This is an MFI Info Center on the American Psychological Association vote against a ban of psychologists from helping interrogators at Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. military detention centers. Instead, the Association voted for a milder resolution that banned about a dozen interrogation techniques. Dissident psychologists protested the vote.

Psychologists protest vote by American Psychological Association

Jade Lai holds a sign as she listens to speakers at a rally protesting the American Psychological Association participating in military interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in San Francisco, Friday, Aug. 17, 2007. (Photo: AP Jeff Chiu)

Here are summaries and links to some of the latest news coverage and background about the American Psychological Association vote on 19 August 2007 about participation by psychologists in interrogation.


20 August 2007

From reports by The Associated Press:

SAN FRANCISCO - The American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives voted "no" on a measure Sunday that would have banned members from helping interrogators at Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. military detention centers. The psychologists voted yes on a partial ban of about a dozen specific tactics. For the AP report click here.


The radio program Democracy Now provides a written transcript of a "town hall" meeting on 20 August 2007 of outraged psychologists who opposed the vote by the American Psychological Association. To read the transcript click here.


19 August 2007

From AFP reports:

For more information about what the American Psychological Association did ban, such as mock executions and water-boarding during questioning of military prisoners, see this AFP story click here.

 

18 August 2007


The Associated Press provides a background report before the vote, click here.


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