Emails Show American Psychological Association Secretly Worked with Bush Admin to Enable Torture

Two authors behind a report alleging that the American Psychological Association aided in government-approved torture appeared on Democracy Now! to talk about their findings. Titled 'All the President's Psychologists' -- co-authored by Dr. Steven Reisner and Nathaniel Raymond -- the 60-page report  is based on hundreds of newly released internal APA emails from 2003 to 2006 that show top officials were in direct communication with the CIA.

"I think the issue is what this means for the entire profession of psychologists and the fact that we are represented by the American Psychological Association," Reisner told Amy Goodman, "because I think that what we’re finding is that psychologists are feeling betrayed by our association. What has happened is that the ethics code that we are all trained in, that we align ourselves with and that gives us our identity as health professionals dedicated to the public good, that ethics code and ethics policy was twisted to align—not only to align with what the government needed it to do, but in the service of torture."

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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