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Interrogation Vignettes Responses

Ethics Committee Requests Feedback on National Security Commentary

The Ethics Committee requests comments and feedback on its responses to questions, comments and vignettes regarding APA policy on the role of psychologists in national security-related activities. Comments will be accepted through July 1, 2012.

Position on Ethics and Interrogations

The American Psychological Association's (APA) position on torture is clear and unequivocal:

Any direct or indirect participation in any act of torture or other forms of cruel, degrading or inhuman treatment or punishment by psychologists is strictly prohibited. There are no exceptions.

Clear violations of APA's no torture/no abuse policy include acts such as:

  • Waterboarding.
  • Sexual humiliation.
  • Stress positions.
  • Exploitation of phobias.

Ethics Committee Statements

The APA Ethics Committee will release statements on ethical issues which will reference the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002).