Position on Ethics and Interrogation

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, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by psychologists is strictly prohibited. There are no exceptions.

Clear violations of APA's no torture/no abuse policy include acts such as:

  • Waterboarding

  • Sexual humiliation

  • Stress positions

  • Exploitation of phobias

Recent Ethics Committee Actions

APA Actions