US psychologists reevaluate suspect interrogation

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August 19, 2007 04:30

The largest US group of psychologists is to decide Sunday what role, if any, its members can play in interrogating terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay and other US military detention centers. The American Psychological Association, which is holding its annual meeting in San Francisco, is scheduled to vote Sunday on two competing measures concerning its 148,000 members' participation in military interrogations. One proposal, which is backed by APA's board of directors, would reaffirm the group's opposition to torture and prohibit members from taking part in more than a dozen specific practices, including forced nakedness, mock executions and simulated drowning. An APA member who violates the torture resolution could be expelled from the Washington-based organization, which could lead to the loss of the professional's state license to practice, said spokeswoman Rhea Farberman.


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