MU hire draws protest, psychology professor connected to Guantanamo Bay abuse

Feb 1, 2013

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The prospective hiring of a retired Army psychologist who has faced abuse accusations at the Guantanamo Bay military prison is drawing protests at MU today.

The mid-Missouri chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation has scheduled an afternoon protest outside Hill Hall. That's home to the College of Education, which has selected Larry James as one of two finalists for a top leadership job.

James is dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He previously served as chairman of the psychology department at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and led a team of psychologists assigned to interrogators at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Human rights groups have accused James of violating his professional duties by allowing interrogators to mistreat military detainees.