Timeline of American Psychological Association Policies and Actions Related to Detainee Welfare and Professional Ethics in the Context of Interrogation and National Security

Aug. 29, 2005

Aug. 4, 2005

July 5, 2005

July 2005

June 24-26, 2005

  • PENS Task Force Meets
  • APA’s Board of Directors Adopts the Task Force Report as APA Policy

February 2005

  • APA’s Board of Directors Approves Funds for the Establishment the Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security (the PENS Task Force)





  1. ^ APA Response to DoD Letter on Detainee Policy (www.apa.org)
  2. ^ Role of Military Psychologists in National Security Settings (www.apa.org)
  3. ^ Letter to the Honarable Sen. Richard Burr on Nomination of Gina Haspel to head CIA (www.apa.org)
  4. ^ Statement by the Society of Military Psychology on Torture (www.apa.org)
  5. ^ APA Letter to Senator John McCain on Waterboarding (www.apa.org)
  6. ^ Open letter from past APA presidents to the Board of Directors, Council of Representatives, divisions and staff (www.apa.org)
  7. ^ standard-304 (www.apa.org)
  8. ^ May 15, 2016, open letter from former chairs of the APA Ethics Committee to the Board of Directors (www.apa.org)
  9. ^ APA re-engages attorney David Hoffman (www.apa.org)
  10. ^ APA names members of the Commission on Ethics Processes (www.apa.org)
  11. ^ Feb. 16, 2016, open letter to the APA Board of Directors from former chairs of the APA Ethics Committee (www.apa.org)
  12. ^ APA Letter to Obama on Convention Against Torture (www.apa.org)
  13. ^ issues a call for comments (apacustomout.apa.org)
  14. ^ The Department of Defense Response Letter (www.apa.org)
  15. ^ Letter to Ashton B. Carter, secretary of defense, Defense Department (www.apa.org)
  16. ^ Letter to President Barack Obama (www.apa.org)
  17. ^ Letter to Ashton B. Carter, secretary of defense, Defense Department (www.apa.org)
  18. ^ Letter to John O. Brennan, director, CIA (www.apa.org)
  19. ^ Letter to James R. Clapper, director, National Intelligence (www.apa.org)
  20. ^ Letter to Frazier Thompson IV, director, High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (www.apa.org)
  21. ^ Letter to Loretta E. Lynch, attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice (www.apa.org)
  22. ^ Letter to Mac Thornberry, chairman, Committee on Armed Services (www.apa.org)
  23. ^ Letter to John McCain, chairman, Committee on Armed Services (www.apa.org)
  24. ^ Letter to Devin Nunes, chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (www.apa.org)
  25. ^ Letter to Richard Burr, chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence (www.apa.org)
  26. ^ Letter to Bob Goodlatte, chairman, Committee on Judiciary (www.apa.org)
  27. ^ Letter to Charles Grassley, chairman, Committee on Judiciary (www.apa.org)
  28. ^ APA Response to MENA Open Letter (www.apa.org)
  29. ^ Follow Up Letter from APA (www.apa.org)
  30. ^ Open Letter to APA from MENA Psychological Network (www.apa.org)
  31. ^ member-letter (www.apa.org)
  32. ^ Letter to APA members from APA President-Elect Susan McDaniel, PhD, and APA Past President Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, members of the Special Committee for the Independent Review (www.apa.org)
  33. ^ national-security (www.apa.org)
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