From Associated Press:
‘Psychology Of Evil’ Prof’s Last Stanford Lecture
STANFORD The retiring psychology professor who ran the famed Stanford Prison Experiment savagely criticized the Bush administration’s War on Terror Wednesday and said senior government officials should be tried for crimes against humanity.
Rather, sadism was the inevitable result of U.S. government policies that condone brutality toward enemies, he said.
Individual military personnel those who stripped prisoners and leashed them like dogs are only as culpable as the people who created the overall environment in which the soldiers operated, Zimbardo told undergraduates enrolled in Introductory Psychology.
“Good American soldiers were corrupted by the bad barrel in which they too were imprisoned,” said Zimbardo, 73.
“Those barrels were designed, crafted, maintained and mismanaged by the bad barrel makers, from the top down in the military and civilian Bush administration.”
The professor blasted President Bush, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other senior officials who said that al-Qaida and Taliban captives would be considered “unlawful combatants” rather than “prisoners of war,” a designation that would invoke the Geneva Convention.
He said those officials “should be tried for the crimes against humanity.”
See also here.
It only takes one dissenting voice to cut through a torrent of hatred. Evidence shows that even a small number of nonconformists can have a disproportionate impact in preventing dangerous forms of groupthink. NICOLAS LALAGUNA reports.
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- Iraqis awarded $5m over Abu Ghraib abuse (aljazeera.com)
- Abu Ghraib torture by mercenary corporations (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- US firm pays out over Abu Ghraib (bbc.co.uk)
- Stanford Prison Experiment: 40 Years Later (drvitelli.typepad.com)