8.09.2015

Psychology Body Decides Maybe Its Psychologists Should Not Participate In Torture

TORONTO, CANADA (The Nil Admirari) - On Friday, the American Psychological Association (APA) decided it might be a good idea to bar its members from participating in national security interrogations for military and intelligence entities. The decision was made after an independent investigation confirmed some of the group's representatives had indeed participated in the torture of prisoners following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.

"After moving slower than Congress, which released a report on this stuff in December courtesy of the Senate Intelligence Committee, we conducted an internal investigation and learned some of our representatives had conspired with people in the George W. Bush Administration, Pentagon, and CIA to advance torture," said Nadine Kaslow, who sat on the APA Council of Representatives.

The Senate Intelligence Committee moved faster than the APA regarding torture.

Kaslow added, "There was nothing else for us to do, except finally take this rather depressing issue seriously. We lost all the plausible deniability we had been hiding behind for over a decade. We totally violated international law and helped to torture some folks."

The APA ban on psychologist-sanctioned torture passed by a vote of 156-1 with one recusal and seven abstentions. The dissenting vote came from a former intelligence psychologist at Guantanamo. 

Former Vice President Dick Cheney called the psychologists who helped America torture people "heroes," and demanded they all receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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