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Mizzou: Deny Hiring of Dr.James Chief Psychologist at Torture Prisons
  • Petitioned University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Responded

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University of Missouri-Columbia
associate Dean of Education
Michael Pullis
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Mizzou: Deny Hiring of Dr.James Chief Psychologist at Torture Prisons

    1. Petition by

      CAIR-St.Louis

Top Interrogation Psychologist at Torture Prisons Should Not be Given a Leadership Role at Universities

Dr. Larry James was the Chief Psychologist at Guantanamo Bay Prison in 2003 and 2007-2008 and Abu Ghraib Prison in 2004 during the height of torture abuse.  According to the International Human Rights Clinic of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program Dr. James was a part of a group,

“Whose job it was to advise on and participate in the interrogations, and help to create an environment designed to break down prisoners. Specifically during this tenure boys and men were threatened with rape and death for themselves and their family members; sexually, culturally, and religiously humiliated; forced naked; deprived of sleep; subjected to sensory deprivation…(and) the evidence indicates that abuse of this kind was systemic, that BSCT health professionals played an integral role in its planning and practice”.

The Center for Torture Accountability keeps careful and comprehensive documentation of people and organizations that create and justify torture and have identified and archived Dr. Larry James as doing such.

To hire Dr. James in a leadership role with the University of Missouri-Columbia would be a mistake.  It would send the wrong message not only to staff, students, and other faculty across the University of Missouri system, but the entire nation.  Our universities should not reward Dr. James with a leadership position because of his violations of international law, human rights, and ethics.  I strongly recommend these legitimate and honest concerns be reviewed and Dr. James be denied a position with the University of Missouri-Columbia

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Michael Pullis responds:

      Michael Pullis

      Free expression is at the core of the university’s values and we respect everyone’s right to free speech.

      I appreciate the individuals who are coming forward to share their concerns and comments regarding the candidacy of Dr. Larry Ja...


    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Jon Herman SIOUX FALLS, SD
      • 3 months ago

      I'm an alumnus

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    • Bobby Calvert HAWICK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Has the world forgot the Nazis who used torture and now the USA allows men like this to walk free and teach the world is disgusted that anyone would want this man as a teacher .Sadly now the World feels that the USA has lost its moral compass or at least its leaders have .doctors are healers not facilitators in Torture as this man was

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    • Judy Bourff RUSSIAVILLE, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      The Center for Torture Accountability keeps careful and comprehensive documentation of people and organizations that create and justify torture and have identified and archived Dr. Larry James as doing such.

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    • Paul Kinsky BOSTON, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      War criminals shouldn't be allowed to teach

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    • William Schmitt COLUMBIA, MO
      • about 1 year ago

      I don't want to be associated with this person in the slightest capacity.

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