December 1, 2011

APA Calls for Defeat of Ayotte Amendment #1068 to S.1867

Anti-torture policies must stay in place

WASHINGTON—The American Psychological Association, the largest organization of psychologists in the world with 154,000 members and affiliates, urges the Senate to vote no on the Ayotte amendment (#1068) to the FY 2012 defense authorization bill, S.1867. This amendment, which includes a classified annex making certain enhanced interrogation techniques are legal, is likely to erode important human rights protections. 
APA has an absolute and long-standing policy against the use of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of any kind. There are no exceptional circumstances that can be invoked to justify the participation of psychologists in any such procedures.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 154,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.