From: Andrew Phelps <>

Subject: Re: [PsySR-humanrights] Concerns About John Brennan CIA Nomination


Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 1:22 PM




While we supported the protest over his previous nomination, we might have gone further and actually challenged the psychology of the advocacy. Today we have protest actions about the psychology of terrorism - and we would do well to actually challenge the "science of behavior management" which justifies that approach. Critical psychology provides much of the basis for such a challenge. We can also envision pulling together a positive formulation for engaging behavior which [a] does not rely upon torture and [b] realizes the "life projects" of the people in the role of "being managed."

On Tue, 1/8/13, Eee wrote:

As this article indicates, there is considerable concern about the appointment yesterday of John Brennan as CIA Director. When his name was floated in 2008 for this position, a letter from concerned psychologists, including many on this list

We can work for social justice in that context.


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