Timeline of APA Policies & Actions Related to Detainee Welfare and Professional Ethics in the Context of Interrogation and National Security

The American Psychological Association's (APA) position on torture is clear and unequivocal: Any direct or indirect participation in any act of torture or other forms of cruel, degrading or inhuman treatment or punishment by psychologists is strictly prohibited. There are no exceptions. Such acts as waterboarding, sexual humiliation, stress positions and exploitation of phobias are clear violations of APA's no torture/no abuse policy.

Dec. 23, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 16, 2014

Dec. 9, 2014

Nov. 12, 2014

Oct. 16, 2014

March 15, 2014

March 7, 2014

Feb. 27, 2014

APA informs key federal and congressional officials of updates regarding APA policy related to detainee welfare and the role of psychologists in national security settings.

Feb. 20, 2014

Jan. 23, 2014

Dec. 20, 2013

July 31, 2013

Dec. 5, 2011

Dec. 1, 2011

  • APA Calls for Defeat of Ayotte Amendment #1068 to S.1867
    APA writes to full Senate in opposition to the Ayotte amendment to the Defense Department authorization bill, which would have allowed the classified addition of lawful interrogation methods to the U.S. Army Field Manual.

July 25, 2011

June 30, 2010

June 21, 2010

June 1, 2010

Feb. 20, 2010

Dec. 14, 2009

Aug. 5, 2009

July 31, 2009

June 18, 2009

June 4, 2009

May 28, 2009

May 15, 2009

April 22, 2009

March 2009

  • APA Central Office, at the Direction of the Council of Representatives, Forwards the Report of the APA Presidential Advisory Group on the Implementation of the Petition Resolution to Relevant Boards and Committees for Their Review and Appropriate Action

Feb. 21, 2009

Feb. 20, 2009

Jan. 22, 2009

December 2008

Nov. 14-15, 2008

November 2008

Oct. 6, 2008

Oct. 2, 2008

Oct. 2008

Sept. 17, 2008

Aug. 16, 2008

June 2008

April 2008

Feb. 15, 2008

Feb. 4, 2008

Nov. 6, 2007

Nov. 1, 2007

Sept. 21, 2007

Aug. 20, 2007

Aug. 17-20, 2007

Aug. 19, 2007

July 18, 2007

Jan. 9, 2007

Sept. 21, 2006 

September 2006

Aug. 10, 2006

Aug. 9, 2006

July 2006

April 2006

Oct. 28, 2005 

APA supports U.S. Sen. John McCain's amendment to the FY 2006 Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations bill calling for the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of U.S. detainees and for uniform standards for interrogation. 

Aug. 29, 2005

Aug. 4, 2005

July 5, 2005

July 2005

  • APA's Board of Directors Adopts the Task Force Report as APA Policy

June 24-26, 2005

  • PENS Task Force Meets
  • APA's Board of Directors Adopts the Task Force Report as APA Policy

February 2005

  • APA's Board of Directors Approves Funds for the Establishment the Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security (the PENS Task Force)

June 10, 2004 

2002

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