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Aug 202017
 

A recent article : “August 17, 2017 APA Reaction to Settlement of Torture Case Against Psychologists Mitchell, Jessen” (https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/08/torture-settlement.aspx; obtained on 8-20-2017) began the following way:

“Duo left stain on their profession, says APA president

WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association reacted to the settlement of the case against two psychologists who allegedly devised and implemented the CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques by asserting that this does not absolve them of responsibility for violating the ethics of their profession.

‘We are relieved that James Mitchell and John ‘Bruce’ Jessen abandoned their ill-advised effort to fight the lawsuit alleging that they were responsible for harming three men who were imprisoned and tortured in a secret CIA prison,’ said APA President Antonio E. Puente, PhD. ‘However, this settlement in no way absolves them of responsibility for violating the ethics of their profession and leaving a stain on the discipline of psychology. We hope that the settling of this case gives some solace to the three plaintiffs and others who endured similar treatment.’

The settlement was announced by the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the case in Spokane, Washington, on behalf of three men who were imprisoned and tortured in a secret CIA prison during the George W. Bush administration’s ‘war on terror.’ ”

 

 

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