First, Do No Harm

by
Abby Zimet

The American Psychological Association has for the first time
supported a move to strip the license of a
psychologist accused of overseeing CIA torture. The APA told a Texas licensing
board that the actions of retired Air Force psychologist Dr. James
Mitchell, who allegedly oversaw the multiple waterboarding of Abu
Zubaydah, constitute "a gross violation of his professional ethics," the
legal quibbling of what constitutes "torture" be damned.

"A psychologist who helps inflict such
cruel and shocking abuse on a defenseless human being would appear to
have violated basic standards of conduct of the profession." - from the
complaint by Northwestern University law professor Joseph
Margulies, filed on behalf of Texas psychologist James Mitchell

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