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Pyschologists at Gitmo: Ethics & APA Policy: Overview of the Controversy

This Guardian article provides a very helpful overview of the escalating controversy over the American Psychological Association's decade-long policy supporting the involvement of licensed psychologists in U.S. military interrogations at Gitmo and other facilities. An independent report has brought more attention to this policy and, specifically, the involvement of psychologists -- Gitmo currently has five on duty, according to the Guardian -- in forced feeding of people imprisoned at these facilities. Several APA leaders have resigned because of their role in the policy.

Reining in UNC Faculty & Higher Education as a Space for Critical Thinking and Dissent

UNC faculty don't work hard enough as it is. That thinking seems to explain why State Senator Tom McInnis (R-Richmond) introduced a bill the Thursday before last that would require UNC system professors to teach a minimum of eight courses per academic year (i.e., a 4-4 load over two semesters). Or, else, have their pay docked.

Training Programs & 24-Hour Hotlines Are Great, But When Is the Air Force Really Going to Tackle Sexual Violence?

Last Tuesday, Mother Jones ran an interesting article on actions taken by the U.S. Air Force to counter the epidemic of sexual assaults occurring in its bases and Academy.

Its efforts were spurred by the scandal that occurred two and a half years at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio during a training program. As Mother Jones reports, at least 70 individuals came forward with charges of “unwanted touching, inappropriate relationships, and rape” by at least 30 training instructors.

"Competing Rights" a Clever Ploy: Crafting a "Religious Liberty Exemption" for NC Magistrates

If you're a public servant, you don't get to choose which parts of your job you will do, and which you won't do. If an action falls within your job responsibilities and scope of duties, you have to do it, unless you've been granted an accommodation due to a disability. That's how I've always understood things.

But, apparently, some North Carolina magistrates and clerks in county register of deeds offices find it unconscionable that they be asked to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples now that Amendment One, the 2012 voter-approved law prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying, has been struck down. (A federal judge ruled it unconstitutional in the fall, after which same-sex couples began marrying throughout the state, and some magistrates and clerks resigned in protest.)

Seeking Justice, Accountability, and Truth Amid Institutional Failure

“[The criminal justice system] is not set up for the victim, it's set up for due process for the accused.”
Amily McCool, NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (as quoted in the DTH, 11/25/14)

For several days, I've been thinking intently about the above quote, which I read in a Daily Tar Heel article about the issues survivors of sexual assault face in trying to pursue criminal charges against their attackers. Below the fold of Tuesday's edition ran the headline, “Rape Still Ignored by Law Enforcement,” and, underneath that, were two stories: “Forgotten Rape Leaves a Broken Mother” and “Data Shows Prosecutors Ignore Campus Assault.”

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