THE RULE OF LAW ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Psychologist and Activist, Coalition for an Ethical Psychology
An interview with Dan Aalbers conducted May 4, 2013 by Ghislaine Boulanger for the Columbia Center for Oral History, Rule of Law Oral History Project.
Dan Aalbers has been an influential voice in the protest against the American Psychological Association’s [APA] involvement in detainee interrogations at Guantánamo and other U.S. government black sites around the world. Highlights of this interview include discussions of Aalbers’s early work experiences as a case manager observing the debilitating effects of boredom on patients, his confrontation with APA leaders regarding the 2005 Psychological Ethics and National Security [PENS] report, American military ethics, his work with Withhold APA Dues and Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, and the Behavioral Science Consultation Teams’ [BSCTs] current roles at Guantánamo and other U.S. government black sites.