The American Psychological Association secretly monitored the torture of prisoners following the 9/11 terror attacks during the President George W. Bush administration, according to a new report.
The report, by a group of health professionals and human rights activists, found that the administration received the American Psychological Association’s (APA) input in an effort to justify the interrogations both ethically and legally, according to The New York Times.
With information gleaned from emails, it says the group’s psychologists collaborated with the prisoner abuse at the same time as the Bush administration faced criticism when the program became public in 2004, following the release of graphic torture photos of inmates by U.S. soldiers at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.
“The A.P.A. secretly coordinated with officials from the C.I.A., White House and the Department of Defense to create an A.P.A. ethics policy on national security interrogations which comported with then-classified legal guidance authorizing the C.I.A. torture program,” the report concludes.