Facing History: My Reply to APA CEO Arthur Evans

Only a clear-eyed view of past transgressions can light the way for a vigorous and unflinching defense of psychology’s do-no-harm principles.

Fear Is the NRA and Gun Industry’s Deadliest Weapon

Nothing sells guns like fear—including the fear of not having a gun.

From Outer Space, Three Guideposts for the Resistance

For the Trump resistance, chronicles of aliens from outer space offer some surprisingly valuable guideposts about key psychological challenges that lie ahead.

The Sustaining Fires of Standing Rock: A Movement Grows

Oil profiteers have awakened a movement that combines a commitment to addressing the trampled rights of Native Americans with a reinvigorated call for climate justice.

The Predatory Presidency

The White House is using sky-is-falling mind games to disguise its predatory executive orders, falsely warning us these steps are necessary to protect the public from dire threats.

Bait and Switch: Psychology and Trump’s Voter Fraud

Voter fraud and voter suppression are opposite sides of the same coin. Tales of unlawful voting are being used as a pretext for obstructing the voting rights of U.S. citizens.

Heart of Darkness: Observations on a Torture Notebook

Just in time for the Trump Administration’s official embrace of brutality, a psychologist defends torture with an implausible and self-serving account.

The "Mind Games" of Donald Trump

Donald Trump, America’s premier hustler, sold the electorate a wagonload of beguiling and deceptive tales about what’s gone wrong, who’s to blame, and how he’ll make things better.

PsySR Stands with the Standing Rock Sioux

The actions of the Standing Rock Sioux offer an inspiring model for everyone who wants a sustainable human future and an end to political-economic oppression.

Standing Firm for Reform at the APA

We are witnessing a coordinated campaign of intimidation, deception, and obfuscation targeting the American Psychological Association’s recent efforts at ethical reforms.

When Psychologists Deny Guantanamo’s Abuses

Disgruntled factions are pursuing a deceptive and self-protective campaign aimed at discrediting the recent Hoffman Report, which documented extensive and compelling evidence of collusion between leaders of the American Psychological Association and Department of Defense officials. The latest entry comes from the leadership of the APA's military psychology division.

Making a Choice: APA Reform or Business as Usual?

Following a seven-month investigation, an independent report revealed extensive collusion between the American Psychological Association and the Department of Defense in support of psychologists’ involvement in coercive war-on-terror interrogations. Now a campaign is underway to discredit that report, and to turn the APA away from much needed accountability and reform.

Reflections on a Historic APA Convention and the Road Ahead

Last week’s convention witnessed an unprecedented victory for advocates calling for the APA to prioritize psychology's do-no-harm ethics in national security settings. But attendees have returned home still uncertain as to whether the APA's leadership will persevere in pursuing a course of transparency, accountability and reform – after a decade of collusion and cover-up.

How the American Psychological Association Lost Its Way

In Toronto this week, APA leaders will face members’ confusion and rage during Council governance meetings, a three-day teach-in organized by Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and open town hall meetings. Can this soul-searching be channeled into fruitful reforms, not just to the organization, but for the future of the field? A lot is at stake in the days ahead.

Revisiting the Ethics Case of Dr. John Leso

My new commentary in the peer-reviewed, open-access Journal of Social and Political Psychology offers a thorough examination of the seemingly inexplicable decision by the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Office not to pursue action against psychologist John Leso – despite his documented role in the abusive treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Commitments the APA Should Make Today

It is reasonable to expect that the soon-to-be-released Hoffman Report will provide further evidence of grave collusion between the American Psychological Association and government agencies involved in the torture and abuse of war-on-terror detainees. This is an opportune time for the APA’s leadership to commit to specific actions if this indeed proves to be the case.

Where Have All the Members Gone?

Milton Strauss was a member of the American Psychological Association for almost fifty years. His recent resignation is further evidence that the APA’s leadership has failed its members and the profession.

Fugitive Facts Escape from APA Headquarters

As they wait for an investigator’s report, APA leaders claim that they’ve already refuted allegations of collusion in the Bush Administration’s abusive “enhanced interrogation program.” Such pretense is a disservice to APA members, to the profession as a whole, and to the public at large.

The APA's Disappearing History

Amid mounting evidence that the American Psychological Association colluded with the CIA in protecting the Bush Administration’s abusive “enhanced interrogation program,” it appears that someone has been steadily removing valuable, relevant content from the APA website. Perhaps it’s true after all: idle hands are indeed the devil’s workshop.

The APA Relied on the CIA for Ethical Guidance

Last week’s release of previously undisclosed emails provides further evidence of the American Psychological Association’s extensive and secret involvement with the CIA and White House in crafting ethics policies that permitted psychologists to participate in abusive “war on terror” detention and interrogation operations.

The APA and Guantanamo: Actions, Not Words

APA leaders have an abysmal track record when it comes to meaningful action that runs counter to the Pentagon’s own policies on detention and interrogation operations. Time and again in these situations, the APA has trumpeted its commitment to psychology’s do-no-harm ethics but then retreated into the shadows when those principled words required principled actions.

Collusion? Where the APA Investigator Should Look

There have been many allegations that the American Psychological Association colluded with the Bush Administration to support the use of psychologists in abusive detention and interrogation operations. APA’s standard response has followed the CIA’s unofficial motto: “Admit nothing. Deny everything. Make counter-accusations.” But now an investigation is finally underway.

Rejecting "Torture Tolerance-Lite"

In their joint discounting of government-sponsored brutality, Cheney’s torture tolerance and Obama’s torture tolerance-lite represent a formidable front against calls for criminal prosecutions and justice.

Cast Into the Depths: Perilous Waters for the APA

The APA’s salvation begins with letting go of its stubborn denials of any connection to the Bush Administration's program of torture and abuse, its self-righteous assertions that it has always prohibited psychologists from participating in torture, and its false assurances that it will take assertive action against any members implicated in detainee mistreatment.

Dear Dr. Kaslow: I Too Am "Outraged, Saddened and Pained"

The president of the American Psychological Association has responded to the Senate report on CIA torture with a letter in the New York Times. Dr. Kaslow wrote that she was “outraged, saddened and pained that two psychologists allegedly devised and engaged in brutal interrogation methods.” I certainly share those feelings, but Dr. Kaslow should also widen her gaze.

The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture

This week’s long-awaited Senate report provides gruesome details of the torture and abuse that took place at black site prisons as part of the CIA’s brutal post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. The key involvement of two psychologists in designing and implementing the program raises broad issues and unanswered questions for the profession of psychology.

Building a Racially Just Society: Psychological Insights

Michael Brown’s tragic death, the anguish of his family, and the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, are all salient reminders that the longstanding and seemingly intractable realities of unequal treatment, circumstance, and opportunity for African Americans – and for other communities of color – pose a difficult yet increasingly urgent challenge.

James Risen vs. the American Psychological Association

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter James Risen has a new bestseller, "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War." With access to previously undisclosed emails, he provides a disturbing account of collusion between the American Psychological Association and the CIA. The APA's response to the book fails to rebut Risen's key claims and evidence.

New Evidence Links CIA to APA's "War on Terror" Ethics

In responding to critics' concerns, the American Psychological Association's leadership has repeatedly denied any collaboration with the military or intelligence agencies that engaged in detainee torture and abuse. But where the truth actually lies just became much clearer with the publication of James Risen’s new book, "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War."

Predators, Reapers, and Psychology’s Do-No-Harm Ethics

Because drone warfare has profound psychological effects on many different levels, it raises critical questions for members of our profession, including questions about the do-no-harm ethics of psychologists' participation in drone-related operations and research.