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The Interrogation and Torture Controversy: A Crisis in Psychology

The Interrogation and Torture Controversy: A Crisis in Psychology
The Interrogation and Torture Controversy: A Crisis in Psychology; A Dialogue on the Ethics of Psychologists in Detainee Interrogations

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (AScribe Newswire) -- The John Jay College of Criminal Justice today released the following advisory.

       WHAT: This conference will focus on the role of psychologists in military detainee interrogations. A distinguished group of former military interrogators, academics, psychologists, journalists, and medical experts and will debate and discuss the historical and ethical dimensions of the controversy. Premiering at the conference will be "Interrogation Psychologists," a 45-minute documentary by Dr. Martha Davis that features former American Psychological Association officials and other psychologists, army interrogators active in Guantanamo and Iraq, and reports from detainee lawyers.

       This event is co-sponsored by Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The New York State Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists, The Society for the Study of Psychological Study of Social Issues and York College, CUNY.

       WHO: Keynote speaker - Leonard S. Rubenstein, J.D., President of Physicians of Human Rights

       Panelists include:

       - Stephen Behnke, chair of Ethics Committee for the American Psychological Association (APA) and supporter of current APA policy

       - David DeBatto, author and retired U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent

       - Katherine Eban, journalist and author of Vanity Fair article "Rorschach and Awe"

       - Dr. Allan Keller, founder of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

       - Tony Lagouranis, author and former military interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq

       - Steven Reisner, psychologist, playwright and candidate for APA president

       - Prominent psychologists and APA members who oppose the APA policy on interrogations, including Martha Davis, Frank Summers, Brad Olson and Ghislaine Boulanger.

       WHEN: Friday, September 12 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

       WHERE: Gerald W. Lynch, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

       899 Tenth Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets, New York City

       Admission is FREE and open to the public. For the conference agenda, visit: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/terrorism/conferences.asp

       The Center on Terrorism was launched in late 2001 after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. John Jay College of Criminal Justice lost 67 students and alumni in the disaster. That loss, and the increased interest in terrorism on the part of concerned citizens, prompted John Jay College to create the Center. The goals of the Center are to study terrorism conceptually in ways that are familiar and appropriate for a university and to identify the practical applications of that knowledge in the search for alternative forms of human security. Established in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is an international leader in educating for justice. It offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law.

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       CONTACTS: Chris Godek, 212-237-8628

       Doreen Vinas, 212-237-8645

      Media Contact: See above.

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