APA Just Says "No" to Torture

Good news! Yesterday, the American Psychological Association (APA) announced that its membership has voted to approve a referendum that prohibits APA members from working in detention facilities— like Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and Bagram — that operate in violation of international law, unless they are working to protect human rights (i.e. not help torture prisoners).

The APA was the focus of attention when it was revealed during military commission hearings in Guantanamo this summer that military psychologists belonging to Behavioral Science Consultation Teams (BSCTs), known as "Biscuit teams," took part in crafting the techniques used to torture and mistreat prisoners there.

The ACLU's Jennifer Turner, who observed Mohammed Jawad's hearing, where much of this information about the role of military psychologists was revealed, wrote in August:

Since 2002 BSCT psychologists have evaluated prisoners’ fears and psychological weaknesses to craft individualized blueprints for torture and other mistreatment, which they passed on to the interrogators.  For instance, a Guantánamo psychiatrist advised interrogators to exploit one detainee's severe phobia of the dark by deliberately keeping him almost totally in the dark.

In August 2007, the ACLU wrote a letter to the APA on the eve of their national conference requesting that it prohibit its members from participating in the torture and interrogation of detainees. The APA never formally responded to that letter, but in May of this year, Dr. Stephen Behnke, Director of the APA's Ethics Office wrote ACLU attorney Amrit Singh after she received a bunch of documents — including the Yoo torture memo — in response to our torture FOIA lawsuit. Dr. Behnke writes in the letter:

We find what is revealed about abuse in the newly released documents abhorrent. The position of the American Psychological Association is clear and unequivocal: There is never a justification for torture or abuse...APA is committed to promoting the humane treatment of detainees...APA will adjudicate any allegation that an APA member has engaged in unethical conduct.

So the passage of this referendum is clearly a step in the right direction, but as Valtin writes for DailyKos:

One thing the resolution does not mean is an immediate pullout of psychologists from sites where human rights violations take place. Psychologists like U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Diane M. Zierhoffer, a former but now resigned APA member, still staff the Behavioral Science Consultation Teams (BSCT) at Guantanamo and elsewhere. Lt. Col. Zierhoffer exercised her Fifth Amendment rights not to answer questions about her participation in the interrogation of controversial "child soldier" Guantanamo prisoner Mohammad Jawad.

Bmaz at EmptyWheel has more abour Dr. Zierhoffer. You can read the release about the passage of the referendum and the APA's history of assisting in the interrogations of detainees, on Dr. Stephen Soldz's blog.

It's also notable that last month, California became the first state in the nation to officially condemn the participation of health professionals, including psychologists, in coercive interrogations of prisoners in the “war on terror:”

As a result of [Senate Joint Resolution 19], state medical boards will inform health professionals of their obligations under both domestic and international law regarding treatment of prisoners and detainees. They will be warned that if they participate in interrogations that do not conform to these standards, they risk future prosecution.

The New York State Assembly is considering a similar bill, written by Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried. The APA's referendum decision and the California resolution may bode well for the passage of Gottfried's bill.

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1) How organized Tedi Spooner, criminals, gangs and Tedi Spooner terrorized individuals.

Hire crews of people to follow the person wherever he or she goes. Make meaningless behaviors or gestures each time you see the targeted victim. Always view the targeted person as inferior, fool, idiot, mentally ill and a child as you do this. Follow him and look at him/her as you do this, and wait for a reaction. Use different people from your crews. It may take one incident or years to get a reaction, depending how long you can afford the crew. Once the victim reacts, you are successful. The best reaction is usually anger, annoyance or avoidance. Some victims may physical attack you, leading to assault charge. Once the victim reacts to that meaningless gesture, it now means something to him/her, and you are now in control. Laughing means, the victim likes it, and to do it more. They don’t believe it’s a crime or terror. No one would believe the victim, complaining or silly gesture, everywhere they travel. Complaining or talking about different people making silly gestures everywhere one goes, makes the victim looks insane. By now, the victim should be seen as insane sociopath or psychopath.
Once the victim is seen as insane, you can now follow him everywhere, telling others, peers, friends, neighbors, coworkers, churches (Tucker, Bethany, 2nd Olivet), stores, doctors, employment that this person is crazy, you know him/her, and every silly thing bothers him/her. Give them an example of the specific gesture and see for yourself. Most normal sane people, or professional or average individual can’t resist doing these gestures. Everyone feels good about themselves, knowing that, others are crazy and most of all, they can be driven insane, with a simple gestures and words. Ask Tedi Spooner.

Other different psychological terror tactics may combine turning the victim into a completely insane sociopath or psychopath, depending what you want. Such terror tactics includes:
1. Sleep deprivation by street noise, which include yelling, screaming epithets, fighting etc.
2. Bugging phone and house, aim listening devices toward the house, and repeat 8 years conversation,
3. Place 24hour surveillance, watching and following him every day, (gang stalking)
4. Disseminate misinformation & disinformation and defamation.
5. File false complaints against the victim & have others file similar history of complaints,
6. Hire impersonators, look-a-likes, doubles, to commit crimes, sin, harass and represent him, (obese fat dark homosexual wearing same cloth & driving same car).
7. Have his own nemesis, represent, protect and talk for the victim,
8. Have his neighbors, their friends, their relatives and family burst in his house, brake his window and car, assault him, burglarize his house, spit in face, disappear until the police investigation ends & laugh, spend all day/night in front of his house (208 MERRIMAN).
9. Keep your victim sick, stress, paranoid, angry, and busy by all means necessary, 24hr a day.
.. When you move in Onondaga, someone will break in to find out who you are, landlord & community approves it, neighbors & organize crews of 100's look out watch as police or sheriff or detective break in without warrant
10. 2 well executed and planned false arrest by the Syracuse Police Dept., leading for Federal Law suit.
1000. Who is going to believe you?

2) How I, Tedi Spooner terrorized & discriminate against blacks.
On March 11, 2004, a young black male started working as a trainee 911 operator for Onondaga County 911 communication center. The trainer was Tedi Spooner. On the first training class, the trainer looks and stare the targeted trainee, and place both hand on hip. The trainer did this several times during the day. Each time she places both hands on her hip, she stares at the employee, waiting for something to happen (reaction). Same things happen the next day and no reaction. Each time, she expects something to happen. On the third day, she did this repeatedly and waits for something to happen. At the end of the day, while she was doing this, the trainee turns his head around, to see whom she is doing this too. On the fourth day, she does the same thing and nothing happens. However, when the trainee turns his head around, trainer Tedi Spooner places both hands on hip. As soon as he turns his head again, Tedi Spooner put both hands on hip. The trainee now realizes that he can get the trainer Tedi Spooner to do this with the turn of his head. Tedi Spooner did this all day on 3/14/2004. At the end of the fourth day, Administrators at Onondaga 911 communication celebrated, laughing and smiling that “we got him.” On the fifth day 3/15/2004, around 9 a.m., trainer Tedi Spooner had the trainee terminated.

Tedi Spooner still works for Onondaga County 911 Communication Center & Terrorizing black employees. The trainee never finds out, what Spooner expects to happen. Nor did he find out who told her to target the only black male trainee for psychological terror. Spooner wants all blacks to resign. Spooner is a former Onondaga deputy sheriff, and her husband is a former Dewitt police officer. Onondaga 911 only hires friends, families and relatives in law enforcement, with high school degrees.
Blacklisted trainee, can’t find a job after applying for 8,000 jobs, nor sell his house. He also scored %100 on DMV civil service tests & US Postal Service top of the list & same happened in Onondaga. The trainee is a college graduate, sane, Baptist Christian, home owner, a taxpayer and over qualify. This is just one victim of psychological terror tactics and one of 1000's setups by well-organized criminal crews against individuals in ONONDAGA COUNTY.

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