Psychologists And Torture

A critical test for the integrity of American psychology: whether the Texas State Board of Psychologists will remove the license of a psychologist because he helped devise techniques for victims of the Bush administration's torture program:

The complaint, which was brought in June, alleges that the doctor misrepresented his qualifications to the C.I.A., placing “his own career and financial aspirations above the safety of others” while designing a “torture regime” with a “complete lack of scientific basis.”... The severity of the accusations led the American Psychological Association to take the rare step of submitting a public comment to the Texas licensing board. The group’s letter said that if Dr. Mitchell were a member of the professional association he is not and if the accusations were true, he would be expelled.

If we cannot get legal accountability for war crimes, we can at least aim for professional ethics being upheld.