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Psychologists secretly aided US torture program: Report

Iran Press TV

Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:45AM

A large number of US psychologists could be charged over their alleged involvement in the CIA torture program after the September 11, 2001 attacks, a report says.

An independent review conducted by a former US attorney, published by the New York Times on Friday, revealed that the American Psychological Association (APA) lied about and covered up the involvement of its members in the torture.

The 542-page report by David H. Hoffman, a Chicago-based lawyer, was commissioned last November by the APA's board to investigate allegations that its senior officials secretly worked with the CIA and the Pentagon to help justify the Bush administration's torture program.

The study is based on hundreds of interviews, an "immense volume" of internal APA documents and materials acquired from former APA officials and association critics.

The government agencies 'purportedly wanted permissive ethical guidelines so that their psychologists could continue to participate in harsh and abusive interrogation techniques being used by these agencies after the September 11 attacks,' the report said.

'APA's principal motive in doing so was to align APA and curry favor with DoD (Department of Defense). There were two other important motives: to create a good public-relations response, and to keep the growth of psychology unrestrained in this area,' it added.

The United States has been accused of torturing inmates in CIA black sites abroad during the "War on Terror" by the George W. Bush administration.

A group of former CIA detainees announced that they were not asked to testify for the Justice Department during the criminal inquiry into the torture allegations.

In December last year, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a drastically redacted summary of its voluminous report on the CIA's torture program during the Bush administration.

According to the Senate report, the CIA misled Congress and the White House about the harsh methods such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, mock executions and threats that the relatives of the prisoners would be sexually abused.

The report has drawn harsh criticism from the United Nation and prominent human rights groups, which have called for prosecution of those responsible.

In December, Dick Cheney, who was vice president at the time of the CIA torture program, defended the methods revealed in the report, saying, 'I'd do it again in a minute.'

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