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Boulanger, G. (2017). The American Psychological Association and the War on Terror. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 14(2):107.

(2017). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 14(2):107

Special Issue

The American Psychological Association and the War on Terror

Ghislaine Boulanger

1. Contents

Introduction: The American Psychological Association: From Impunity to Shame

Ghislaine Boulanger

The American Psychological Association and Torture: How Could it Happen?

Bryant Welch

Gaslighting, Betrayal, and the Boogeyman: Personal Reflections on the American Psychological Association, PENS, and the Involvement of Psychologists in Torture

Nina K. Thomas

The Culture of Interrogation: Evaluating Detainees at Guantanamo Bay

Sarah Schoen

Skeletons in the Closet: The American Psychological Association under Scrutiny

Jeanne Wolff Bernstein

Counter Revolution

Frank Summers

2. A Note from the Editor of This Special Issue

I am delighted to have been invited to edit this special issue of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. The essays in this volume examine the impact of the American Psychological Association's (APA's) decision to collaborate with the Department of Defense in the years following the September 11 attacks in 2001, while simultaneously denying this collaboration both to their members and to the public at large for over a decade. And I am equally delighted to publish such rich and revealing accounts from a number of psychologist psychoanalysts. Each of the authors in this issue was implicated in and deeply affected by the APA's covert program. Whether they were working for the APA, volunteering time on a key task force, evaluating detainees in Guantanamo Bay who had experienced firsthand the intentional brutality that this cynical yet unacknowledged alliance between a government program run amok and a professional association fostered, or whether they found ways to turn their skepticism into meaningful protest, each of these authors has provided us with a deeply personal account, for at this level of betrayal, personal and professional implicate one another.


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