Ethics For COINTELPRO Criminals #2

Hypocritic Scientists

    Another reason why unethical experiments should no longer be allowed is simple. Human beings have already experienced enough examples of inhumanity – Look at what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Auschwitz, in Katyn Forest in Poland, in Son-My in Vietnam, in Mainland China during the Cultural Revolution, and in Cambodia under the Pol Pot regime. Why would we need to prove human beings’ cruelty by conducting another cruel experiment like Milgram’s?

    For the remorse and also for prevention of further unethical conducts, the American Psychological Association's (APA) legislated the researchers’ ethic codes titled: The American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Although these codes have been regularly revised, what they regard as primary ethical principles are the same – autonomy of participants (no coercion), no maleficence (non-harmful), beneficence, and justice.  These values appear in its 2002 edition as the rule of informed consent in section 3.10, avoidance of false or deceptive statements in 5.01, protection of animal rights—minimize the pain of animal subjects— in 8.09 (d), using animals for painful experiments only when there is no alternative procedure available in 8.09 (e), and avoidance of plagiarism in 8.11 – 14.

     Nevertheless, merely legislating ethical codes does not guarantee that every researcher will follow them. On the contrary, legislation of rules may drive evil researchers into underground experiments. In fact, as early as in 1947 similar ethical codes were adopted by the U.S. government to prohibit human experiments without a voluntary consent of the subjects. This ethical rule is known as the Nuremberg Code. However, CIA worried that the U.S. might be left behind in the race of developing mind control techniques between the U.S., the Soviet Union, and the mainland China. Hence, the CIA agents secretly carried out field experiments in Japan in 1950, which was under military occupation of the U.S. and its allies. There, the agents tested the effect of amphetamine drug, using it on uninformed subjects. This human experiment violated the Nuremberg Code. However, the fact has long been kept secret until recent days under the name of national security.

Source: Mind Control ~ America's Secret War (History Channel)



American Psychological Association. (2002). Ethical principles of psychologists and Code of conduct. Washington, D.C: APA.

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