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New Online Timeline: Psychology, Torture, and the APA Since 9/11

New timeline chronicles decade of U.S. torture and detainee abuse

The Coalition for an Ethical Psychology today announces the release of an interactive online timeline detailing the roles of psychologists in the torture and unethical treatment of national security detainees over the years since the 9/11 attacks. The Timeline also constitutes the most comprehensive record of the partnership between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the U.S. national security sector in expanding and legitimizing torture and abuse.

The Coalition's Timeline speaks to diverse audiences: human rights scholars, policymakers, health professionals, social scientists, military ethicists and intelligence professionals, educators, journalists, social activists, churches, and conscientious citizens. It brings together information which otherwise is only available through hundreds of separate sources.

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As the Timeline reveals, the psychology profession is directly implicated in the U.S. government's program of torture and detainee abuse as psychologists designed, implemented, monitored, and researched the torture program. Furthermore, the APA was complicit in these abuses by providing crucial political and ethical support for psychologist involvement in coercive interrogations.

The Coalition Timeline, which currently has over 350 entries, is fully searchable and will be regularly updated as new information becomes available. Suggestions for additional events to include are welcome at timeline@ethicalpsychology.org.

We encourage you to share the webpage (ethicalpsychology.org/timeline) with colleagues, listservs, and other groups and individuals to whom it may be of interest.

Please also read the Coalition's statement: "Reclaiming Our Profession: Psychology Ten Years After 9/11".

CONTACT: Stephen Soldz (ssoldz@bgsp.edu, 617-935-4246)

The Coalition for an Ethical Psychology is dedicated to putting psychology on a firm ethical foundation in support of social justice and human rights. The Coalition has been in the lead of efforts to remove psychologists from torture and abusive interrogations.

Roy Eidelson, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, president of Eidelson Consulting, and a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

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