Fewer U.S. Psychologists at Guantanamo

Posted January 5, 2016 at 6:07am

The New York Times reports that “the U.S. military has sharply curtailed the use of psychologists at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in response to new professional ethics rules of the American Psychological Association, Pentagon officials said.”  

“Gen. John Kelly, the head of the U.S. Southern Command, which oversees Guantanamo, has ordered that psychologists be withdrawn from a wide range of activities dealing with detainees at the prison because of the new rules of the association, the nation’s largest professional organization for psychologists. The group approved the rules this past summer.”  

“Kelly’s order is the latest fallout after years of recriminations in the profession for the crucial role that psychologists played in the post-9/11 programs of harsh interrogation created by the CIA and the Pentagon.”