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Altman, N. (2008). The Psychodynamics of Torture. Psychoanal. Dial., 18(5):658-670.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18(5):658-670

The Psychodynamics of Torture

Neil Altman, Ph.D.

In this paper I consider some of the issues raised by the way the American Psychological Association has dealt with the participation of psychologists in interrogations at Guantanamo Bay. I set forth some of my experience, and what I feel I learned, from trying to convince the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association to support a moratorium on the participation of psychologists in interrogations of detainees at centers where due process is systematically denied. The paper was written before the Council of Representatives voted down the idea of a moratorium, with a coda describing the outcome.

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