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.

October 16, 2014

March 15, 2014

March 7, 2014

February 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.

February 20, 2014

January 23, 2014

December 20, 2013

July 31, 2013

December 5, 2011

December 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

February 20, 2010

December 14, 2009

August 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

February 21, 2009 

February 20, 2009 

January 22, 2009 

December 2008 

November 14-15, 2008 

November 2008 

October 6, 2008 

October 2, 2008 

October 2008 

September 17, 2008 

August 16, 2008 

June 2008 

April 2008 

February 15, 2008 

February 4, 2008 

November 6, 2007 

November 1, 2007 

September 21, 2007 

August 20, 2007 

August 17-20, 2007 

August 19, 2007 

July 18, 2007 

January 9, 2007 

September 2006 

August 10, 2006 

August 9, 2006 

July 2006 

April 2006 

August 29, 2005 

August 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)

2002

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