Will psychologists be held accountable for participating in torture or cruel and inhumane treatment?
I’ve blogged about the role of psychologists in the torture of detainees a number of times. This past week, there have been some stunning developments as complaints have been filed against two psychologists , Col. Larry James (pdf) and Maj. John Leso that could result in them losing their license as psychologists. And now, the American Psychological Association has issued a statement that it supports the investigation of allegations against James Mitchell. The complaint against Mitchell was filed last month in Texas by Jim Cox, PhD. The complaint against Leso was filed by the Center for Justice & Accountability, and the complaint against James was filed by Harvard University’s International Human Rights Clinic.
In the past, state boards declined to open investigations, but in light of new/additional revelations, they might open up cases.
Certainly the APA cannot investigate or take action against someone who is not a member of the APA. But I am left wondering, yet again, what horrors might have been prevented had the APA taken a firmer stand earlier.