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American Psychological Association rejects demand to reopen complaint against Guantanamo Bay psychologist

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1934 (Published 05 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1934
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The American Psychological Association (APA) has endorsed the decision of its ethics committee to close a complaint against a psychologist who had been charged with overseeing coercive interrogations of prisoners at the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The association’s board of directors issued the statement in response to a call by the Coalition for Ethical Psychology for a review of the ethics committee’s decision.

The coalition, which is made up of organizations that oppose the participation of psychologists in prisoner abuse and torture, said that the APA, in deciding not to take disciplinary action “has backed away …

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