Refusal to Act

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From 2003 to 2007 Dr. Larry James was the Chief Psychologist of the Joint Intelligence Group and a senior member of the Behavioral Science Consultation Team (BSCT). His job was advising on interrogation and behavior management for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He also had a dual role in 2004 as the director of the Behavioral Science Unit at Abu Ghriab. Public records indicate that abuse and cruel treatment during Interrogations were official policy according to the Center of Constitutional Rights (CCR).  Dr. James’ own accounts that he wrote about in his book “Fixing Hell” have indicated that he witnessed and condoned such atrocities. Dr James is licensed to practice psychology in Louisiana, Ohio, and Guam and is currently a Dean of the Professional Psychology Department at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. On February 29, 2008 Dr. Trudy Bond filed a complaint against Dr. James with the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychology pertaining to his actions at Abu Ghriab and Guantanamo and they have decided to not investigate. On June 19, 2008 she asked the board to reconsider and once again they declined. On June 13, 2008 Dr. Bond turned to the 19th Judicial District Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge asking that they review the LSBEP’s decision and they ruled in favor of the Board. On August 6, 2008 Dr. Bond filed an appeal with the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals. Dr. Bond has taken similar action in Ohio as well as with the American Psychological Association (APA) and on July 8, 2008 she filed a formal complaint with the Ohio State Board of Psychology. In her complaint Dr. Bond cited the Report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) published after their visit to Guantanamo. The report documented behavior commonly regarded as torture prior to the Bush administration taking office.  Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has demanded that medical professionals including James be a “specific focus” of an investigation assessing whether the interrogations violated legal or medical ethics .

Source: “Why Wright State is wrong: the controversial appointment of Dr. Larry James” Bob Fitrakis, The Free Press, October  14, 2009

Student Researcher: Keith Dingess

Faculty Instructor: Elliot Cohen


Also, there are court documents that I found by  googling    Dr. Trudy Bond v. Dr. Larry James