I am seeking nomination for President of the American Psychological Association because I
believe that the APA must take a principled stance against our nation’s policy of using
psychologists to oversee abusive and coercive interrogations of detainees and ‘enemy
combatants at centers like Guantánamo and secret CIA black sites, that operate in
violation of international law and the Geneva conventions.
Reports from military investigations, as well as from the press, have revealed that our nation has
undertaken a program of systematic abuse and torture of detainees and ‘enemy combatants’
captured in the ‘war on terror.’ More ominously for our profession, psychologists have been
instrumental in the planning, research, execution and supervision of the processes of that abuse.