In the post 9/11 era it was rather difficult to be a psychologist since our wonderful government insisted that using a bit of tough love went a long way to making TERRORISTS spill the beans. So, members of the American Psychologist Association played an important role in employing torture to get confessions from TERRORISTS. The APA authorized a study of their performance and the end result indicates members of a PROFESSIONAL organization devoted to fostering healthy behavior acted contrary to ethical standards. David Hoffman conducted the study and it is clear that Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld had a host of allies among psychologists.
The sad, and ironic, aspect of this tragedy is there was no need to torture people to get information. During World War II when the US had enemies with armed forces of over ten million, there was an absence of torture and — information was obtained, and the bad guys got beat. Shame on psychologists who acted contrary to their ethical oaths to heal.