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Jul 202015

A 542-page report was completed by attorney David Hoffman of the Sidley Austin law firm this month. The entire report can be read online (see https://www.apa.org/independent-review/APA-FINAL-Report-7.2.15.pdf; obtained on 7-14-2015 or https://nappp.org/pdf/APAReport.pdf; obtained on 7-20-2015).

The NAPP– National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers published an article in response to the report “APA and The Hoffman Report
John Caccavale, Ph.D.” (https://nappp.org/Hoffman.html; obtained on 7-20-2015). Here is an excerpt:  
“The Hoffman Report that was commissioned by APA has been released. While APA’s involvement in aiding the torture of prisoners held by the military is not new, the report is striking in so many ways. What is most striking is that the overwhelming reason that these rogue psychologists and APA bureaucrats engaged in such dishonest and unethical conduct had nothing to do with politics. Clearly, one can take the position that psychologists helping the country fight against terrorism was a necessary endeavor irrespective of its appropriateness to our profession and overall legality. APA, however, took and held no such position. Patriotic motivation never was mentioned or was a consideration. Their motives for subverting our ethical code along with domestic and international laws was solely based upon selfish and narcissistic reasons. They simply wanted to ensure the continued cozy relationship between APA and the military. Nothing else really mattered. APA administrators either condoned this unethical and illegal conduct or looked the other way. Moreover, all participants were aware that what they were doing was wrong. The discussions were centered around how to do it without being caught.”
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