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Army’s Flawed Resilience-Training Study: Call for Retraction

Tuesday, 5 June 2012, 5:10 pm | Stephen Soldz

Ten years of continuous war -- characterized by multiple deployments, elusive guerilla adversaries, and occupied populations seemingly more tilted toward resentment than gratitude -- have taken a significant toll on US troops. In addition to those who ... More >>

The Torture Career of Egypt's New Vice President

Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 12:18 pm | Stephen Soldz

In response to the mass protests of recent days, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has appointed his first Vice President in his over 30 years rule, intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. When Suleiman was first announced, Aljazeera commentators were describing ... More >>

Stephen Soldz: The "Black Jail"

Friday, 21 May 2010, 1:04 pm | Stephen Soldz

A recent pair of articles by Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic has shed new light upon activities in the secret so-called “black jail” on the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Among other aspects, these new revelations suggest that psychologists may be playing ... More >>

Iceland Sets New Path Toward Press Freedom

Monday, 15 March 2010, 11:39 am | Stephen Soldz

If all goes well, Iceland may be about to make history. No, I don’t mean the refusal of the populace to get saddled with Iceland’s $5 billion bad “Icesave” bank debt. Rather, I’m referring to the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative [IMMI], which ... More >>

Stephen Soldz: The Myth of Michael Gelles and the al-Qahtani Interrogation

Tuesday, 8 December 2009, 11:53 am | Stephen Soldz

Several public accounts of abusive interrogations at Guantanamo have praised psychologist Dr. Michael Gelles for his opposition to these abuses. Similarly, the American Psychological Association (APA) has repeatedly pointed to actions of Dr. Gelles to instantiate ... More >>

APA & the Missing Ethics Investigation re: Torture

Thursday, 30 July 2009, 4:54 pm | Stephen Soldz

In an important development in the American Psychological Association saga, Jeffrey Kaye has reported that psychologist Michael Gelles, a member of the association's 2005 PENS [Psychological Ethics and National Security] task force, was himself accused ... More >>

renounce the Nuremberg Defense

Tuesday, 28 July 2009, 4:56 pm | Stephen Soldz

The long-standing struggle within the American Psychological Association over involvement of psychologists in potentially abusive national security interrogations is heating up again, this time with a dispute over its ethics code. In 2002, the APA added the ... More >>

Public at Last: Guantanamo SERE Procedure

Monday, 13 October 2008, 5:44 pm | Stephen Soldz

One of the most important documents of the U.S. torture program has just become publicly available for the first time. This is the JTF GTMO “SERE” Interrogation Standard Operating Procedure , now posted on the website of the new documentary, Torturing ... More >>

A Critique of Stephen Behnke's Letter to the ACLU

Tuesday, 27 May 2008, 4:44 pm | Stephen Soldz

Since 2005, the American Psychological Association (APA) has steadfastly asserted that psychologists participating in detainee interrogations protects detainees by helping to keep these interrogations "safe, legal, ethical, and effective." Last ... More >>

Stephen Soldz: Update On Wikileaks Censorship

Thursday, 21 February 2008, 4:00 pm | Stephen Soldz

This censorship has become a major topic in the news and on the web. after all, the shutting down of an entire web site threatens all citizens who use or rely upon the web for disseminating and obtaining a diversity of otherwise unobtainable information. More >>

Stephen Soldz: Letter to Committee on Intelligence

Monday, 5 November 2007, 12:34 am | Stephen Soldz

We are psychologists and other mental health professionals representing a broad array of individuals and organizations concerned with the role of psychologists in abusive interrogations that may violate national and international laws. We are concerned ... More >>

Author Returns Award to APA in Protest of Torture

Tuesday, 28 August 2007, 11:40 am | Stephen Soldz

For several years, psychologist members of the American Psychological Association (APA) have been fighting to change the APA's policies allowing psychologists to participate in interrogations widely reported to be abusive. As the association's 2007 Convention ... More >>

Psychologists in Gitmo & Iraq Interrogation Abuse

Thursday, 31 May 2007, 9:59 am | Stephen Soldz

The Defense Department (DoD) has just declassified a report from their Inspector General (OIG) looking at the various investigations that the Department has conducted into repeated claims of detainee abuse – a.k.a. "torture" and "cruel, inhuman, ... More >>

Stephen Soldz: Aid and Comfort for Torturers

Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 11:49 am | Stephen Soldz

On January 24, 2003, National Guardsman Sean Baker, stationed as a military policeman at Guantánamo detention center, volunteered to be a mock prisoner , donning an orange suit and refusing to leave his cell as part of a training exercise. More >>