Dr. Stephen Soldz on Democracy Now
For nearly a decade the American Psychological Association was complicit with a U.S. Government torture program that was in violation of international standards outlined in the U.N. Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Conventions. While psychologists, including members of the APA, assisted the CIA and Department of Defense to find and exploit the psychological breaking points of prisoners, the APA maintained close relationships with government officials involved with interrogation policy and worked with some of these officials to alter the association's ethics policy to not impede these violations of human rights. The following video reports from Democracy Now chronicle the struggle of APA members to end the facilitation of these abuses. Among the leadership of this small group of APA members fighting for a return to ethical standards was BGSP's Social Justice and Human Rights Program Director, Dr. Stephen Soldz.
"I just can’t be one of those who doesn’t stand up when I have the opportunity,” Soldz said in a Democracy Now Interview. “I can’t live with myself if that’s the case. I’ve always admired those who did. This was my time to do it and I knew that if a few of us didn’t keep it up, this policy would keep on and couldn’t live with that."