Friday, September 19, 2008

Torture is Not Mentally Healthy

Sounds obvious when you say it that way, doesn't it?  Not healthy for the tortured or the torturing.

And as a witness to this fact which, although obvious, seems to elude the Bush Administration and its remaining admirers (both the crooked ones and the stupid ones, which are what is left), the American Psychological Association has chosen to bar its members from assisting the military interrogators at Guantanamo Bay.

Apparently, this decision was a revolt by the membership at large of America's main psychological fraternity, against a gutless 2005 statement by its own leadership.  The APA is now more nearly in line with the American Medical Association and the American psychiatric Association.

Thus far, the ban lacks an enforcement mechanism.  If  it is added to the association's ethical code, however, they will be able to kick out violators.  We hope that it is, and that they do, post haste.

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