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American Psychological Association Investigates Role Psychologists Played in US Torture Program

On Friday, The Intercept reported that the American Psychological Association (APA) is launching an independent investigation into the role that psychologists (and its members) played in the U.S. torture program under the Bush administration. The role of doctors and clinical psychologists is not new to the awareness of the public, the administration or the APA. The question, really, is “what took so long?” for the self-regulated organization to open their own eyes to the activities of its members and the psychology community at large.

via The Intercept:

The top professional organization for psychologists is launching an independent investigation over how it may have sanctioned the brutal interrogation methods used against terror suspects by the Bush administration. The American Psychological Association announced this week that it has tapped an unaffiliated lawyer, David Hoffman, to lead the review.

In 2002, the American Psychological Association (APA) revised its code of ethics to allow practitioners to follow the “governing legal authority” in situations that seemed at odds with their duties as health professionals. Many argue that the revision, as well as a task force report in 2005 that affirmed that the code allowed psychologists to participate in national security interrogations, gave the Bush administration critical legal cover for torture.

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Egyptian security forces raid universities with aim of suppressing campus dissent

"Al-Azhar University students walk past riot police during a protest conducted by a pro-Muslim Brotherhood student movement in Nasr City district on 12 October 2014." Photo cred: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

“Al-Azhar University students walk past riot police during a protest conducted by a pro-Muslim Brotherhood student movement in Nasr City district on 12 October 2014.” Photo cred: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

via IFEX.org:

Egyptian authorities should release more than 110 university students arrested since the start of the school year on October 11, 2014. The arrests were apparently aimed at preventing a revival of campus protests that have erupted repeatedly since the overthrow of the former president, Mohamed Morsy, in July 2013. The arrests and subsequent activities appear to be solely directed at the students’ peaceful exercise of the right to free assembly.

Security forces arrested at least 71 students in 15 governorates on October 11, according to the Students for Freedom Observatory, an activist group formed this year to track worsening restrictions on campus political activities. The group said many students were seized from their homes in pre-dawn raids that involved uniformed police, plainclothes officers, and heavily-armed special forces units.

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Defeating Thieving Bag Handlers

“While not exactly a lock picking video I thought you might find this interesting. In my job I travel to several African countries, usually for a month or so at a time. I was motivated to make this video because every time we get a FNG (Fine New Guy) they show up with one of these soft sided suitcases. Then, almost 100% of the time they get ripped off as we pass through one of the African airports. We’ve had suitcases and work boxes broken into in Uganda, Kenya, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, and Mozambique. Of course, we’ve also had complete suitcases disappear in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan (of course these countries are NOT in Africa), but there’s just no protection against entire suitcases disappearing…

The hard case is made by Pelican Corporation & weight 3.2kg – not SO bad – but it still cuts into your weight allowance.… Read the rest

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Koch Head Turns to T-Rex for More Bite

David Koch (Koch Industries) called it “too tempting”, so he boned up $35 million to put more bite into his public persona. The dino hall at NYC’s American Museum of Natural History now sports his name. One dinosaur supporting another? From the Washington Post:

David H. Koch, the executive vice president of Koch Industries and a prominent supporter of conservative causes, has donated $35 million to the National Museum of Natural History.

The gift, which was announced by the Smithsonian Institution on Thursday, will go to a new dinosaur hall, which has been high on the list of needed renovations at the museum.

Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is on display in the Dinosaurs hall at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The Koch gift is the largest single donation to the Natural History Museum and the fifth largest in Smithsonian history.

Koch, a member of the museum’s advisory board for the past five years, previously gave $15 million to the museum’s David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins.

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