Monday Torture

Opposition is building to intended anti-torture reforms within the largest professional organization of psychologists in the US, which faces a crossroads over what a recent report described as its past support for brutal military and CIA interrogations.

Before the American Psychological Association (APA) meets in Toronto next Thursday for what all expect will be a fraught convention that reckons with an independent review that last month found the APA complicit in torture, former military voices within the profession are urging the organization not to participate in what they describe as a witch hunt.

Reformers consider the pushback to represent entrenched opposition to cleaving the APA from a decade’s worth of professional cooperation with controversial detentions and interrogations. The APA listserv has become a key debating forum, with tempers rising on both sides.

A recent letter from the president of the APA’s military-focused wing warns that proposed ethics changes, likely to be discussed in Toronto, represent pandering to a “politically motivated, anti-government and anti-military stance”. A retired army colonel called David Hoffman, a former federal prosecutor whose scathing inquiry described APA “collusion” with US torture, an “executioner”.



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11 Responses to Monday Torture

  1. Den says:

    An interesting video on dying I found while I was out surfing:


  2. Den says:

    Carl Sagan’s interview with Charlie Rose:

    “Science is more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then, we are up for grabs for the next charlatan (political or religious) who comes ambling along.”


  3. Den says:

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Still recovering from yesterday.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Then home via the grocery store followed by a 43 minute stick walk; the usual for an evening. I’m going to have to start earlier as the days grow shorter.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Nuevo Vallarta.


  6. Den says:

    Stay with us here Doc!
    I have determined that Monday is part of the weekend in retirement, work optional.
    Too many bad Mondays @ work in the past require balancing now, hence the meditation day.
    Ya got the rest of the week to figure it out!
    I will be getting a new project soon, it will help me work my plot-o-land.
    Will look similar to this pic but without the fancy paint.


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