American Psychological Association Takes Stand on Interrogation

The American Psychological Association is holding its annual meeting this weekend and it is expected to take a strong stand against the Bush administration interrogation techniques. Many delegates want the organization to go beyond merely passing a resolution condemning the participation of psychologists in the interrogation of detainees by the US armed forces. They want a firm ban which forbids any psychologist from taking part in such interrogations. Michael Gelles of the Navy Interrogative Service argued psychologists can assist ethical interrogators.

The problem is that there are few ethical interrogators operating in places like Guantanamo Bay. It is about time American organizations took a public stand against the illegal and unethical actions of the Bush administration toward those being imprisoned.