"Anthem" by Leonard Cohen

"The birds they sang at the break of day
Start again, I heard them say
Don't dwell on what has passed away
or what has yet to be...

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in"

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Torture


Torture
Originally uploaded by musicmuse_ca

The majority of the American Psychological Association have finally voted against the participation of their psychologists in torture techniques.

As a licensed mental health therapist who is not a member of the APA, I can only say in horror that this is long overdue. The collusion of psychologists in the development and implementation of the torture techniques being used by the Bush Administration is nothing less than a crime. My classmate and friend, Jane Mayer, has documented the horrific story of how this came to be under the Bush administration in her excellent book, "The Dark Side".

It is about time that the APA took a principled stand against torture. It is shameful and criminal that it has condoned it for so long.

And it is a sad day that the vote was only 60% to 40% against allowing psychologists to participate in settings where human rights violations take place. Whatever happened to "Do no harm"?

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