Psychologists\' Assistance with Interrogations of Prisoners of War

We, the members of the American Psychological Association (APA) and members of the psychology profession at large, call for an end to participation by psychologists in any and all activities that cause or contribute harm or distress to persons deemed enemy combatants by the United States government. We additionally call for the creation of a committee within the APA to review the association\'s involvement to date with policies and practices connected to the interrogation of these same prisoners. While we agree that psychologists may assist with efforts to protect the country from future acts of terror, we do so first and foremost by adhering to the APA\'s ethical guidelines, which clearly state our responsibility to safeguard the welfare and rights of all individuals and to respect their dignity and value. As helping professionals, we further reaffirm our commitment to abide by the articles regarding treatment of prisoners of war established by the Geneva Conventions.

Sponsor

This petition is sponsored by Wylie Goodman, Psy.D., a psychologist in private practice in New York City and a member of the American Psychological Association.

Links

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/07/washington/07detain.htmlex=1150516800&en=1984094011046c7b&ei=5070&emc=eta1 - Military Alters the Makeup of Interrogation Advisers http://www.apa.org/releases/PENSTaskForceReportFinal.pdf - Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security http://www.apa.org/ethics/ - APA Ethics Office

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