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US psychologists banned from participating in national security interrogations

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4339 (Published 10 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4339
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives has voted to prohibit psychologists from participating in national security interrogations. The measure was passed by a vote of 156-1, with seven abstentions and one recusal, on 7 August during the association’s 123rd annual convention in Toronto, Canada.1

The vote came after the release of a scathing report in July,2 which concluded that association officials had colluded with officials in the Central Intelligence Agency and the US Department of Defense to align its ethics policies with the policies of the George W Bush Administration on the definition of torture.3 In doing so, the association had allowed psychologists to participate …

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