October 13, 2009
Psychologists cannot be party to torture and there should be no pre- or post-Sept.. 11, 2001, ethics, two U.S. psychologists said.
Psychology professor Jeffrey Lohr and colleague David Tolin, both of the University of Arkansas, documented the history and criticisms of the ethics policy of the American Psychological Association. The researchers examined the evidence of any alleged role of psychologists in “creating, teaching and implementing torture practices.”
They found psychologists did more than just develop and train others in “enhanced interrogation methods.” Investigative reports and recently declassified documents show that psychologists have been directly involved in administering such interrogation, including waterboarding, Lohr and Tolin said.