March 19th, 2008
Valtin is correct. The February 22 APA statement entirely conforms to current US policy of lip service in public and war crimes in private.
* It accepts the US “reservations” to the Convention Against Torture, reservations that have been internationally condemned, reservations which define torture within US jurisprudence not international law, and reservations which permit any other country to de-internationalize definitions of torture. Some countries for example, have signed the Convention Against Torture with the reservation that corporeal shaaria punishments are not torture.
* It affirms the US Military Commissions Act which accepts the unacceptable novel category of “illegal combatants,” denies such persons the legal protections of the Geneva Conventions, and empowers the President to define the meaning of the terms of the Geneva Conventions.
* It does not dissociate psychologists from coercive interrogations.
The current APA statement is a disgrace.