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.