Oral history interview with Dan Aalbers [electronic resource], 2013.
Scope and Contents
Education: B.A., University of Nevada, Reno; M.A., Long Island University, Brooklyn. Career: psychologist; Professor of Psychology, Central Michigan University; Adjunct Professor, Sierra Nevada College. Reminisces: childhood experience in Catholic school as basis for anti-torture viewpoint; mother's liberal Catholic background and feminist ideals; observing effects of boredom on patients as undergraduate case manager; interview with Rachel Meeropol for a local radio show in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2004; Jane Mayer's 2005 New Yorker article about CIA black sites and subsequent Psychological Ethics and National Security [PENS] report; confrontation with American Psychological Association [APA] president Ronald F. Levant and president-elect Gerald P. Koocher about Mayer's article and the PENS report at 2005 APA conference. Discussions: American military ethics and its obedience to civilian authorities; APA's failure to enforce its code of ethics in relation to its involvement in U.S. government black sites; work with Withhold APA Dues and Coalition for an Ethical Psychology to build support against psychologist's working at Guantánamo and other black sites; online petitioning of APA membership for a moratorium on Guantánamo psychologists; APA and Coalition for an Ethical Psychology's resistance to moratorium petitions; APA Ethical Standard 1.02; John C. Yoo and U.S. government's interpretation of United Nations Convention Against Torture; divisions in APA leadership; failure to implement moratorium resolution; Behavioral Science Consultation Team's [BSCT] current roles at U.S. government black sites.
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