Revealed: Pentagon’s link to Iraqi torture centres | World news | The Guardian.
Why is this relevant to libpsy.org? Because the torture and counter-insurgency methods developed by the USA in Vietnam and perfected in Central America were later exported to Iraq and Guantanamo. This investigation traces some of the lineage. For psychology there have been at least three developments from this.
1) The Central American context of conflict, counter-insurgency, torture and impunity led to Martín-Baró’s proposals on liberation psychology, and of course his own death was the result of this terror complex.
2) The development of work on the recovery of historical memory, social-psychotherapeutic approaches, use of testimonies, commemoration, etc. in various locations in Latin America also has its roots in this nexus. These ideas are also of interest in other locations such as Turkey with its own legacy of State terror.
3) The “APA controversy” on the involvement of organised psychology and military psychologists in interrogation and torture again comes from this latest phase of the US use of organised terror.
Congratulations to the Guardian and BBC Arabic service for this investigation.
Of related interest, see this article by Victoria Brittain: Shadow Lives
How the War on Terror in England Became a War on Women and Children