Before I wrote my previous post, rebutting John Grohol's discussion of an earlier Hungry Blues post on the APA and US torture, I left two comments on his blog on August 11. In my comments I left two bits of evidence that called Grohol's claims into question. A few days earlier, another commentor, Ian Westmore, who maintains another psychology blog, also raised some substantive objections to Grohol's discussion.
Grohol responded to none of our points. Instead, he posted, without comment, an excerpt from the AP article announcing the APA's "stand against torture" and adherence to "existing policy saying that it’s ethical for psychologists to assist in military interrogations."
Since Grohol showed no willingness to engage in informal discussion in the comments to his blog, I posted a formal rebuttal on August 14, at 8:14 AM. Late that night, at 12:43 AM on August 15, after no attempts at sending trackbacks to Grohol's post had worked, I posted a new comment to notify Grohol and future readers of my rebuttal.
(Note: I recently moved Hungry Blues to my own domain, which is why the link, above, will take you to a different website than the one you link to in your post.)
In my browser, this appeared as the 5th comment in the thread, but it was marked as "awaiting moderation." When my comment was still awaiting moderation this morning, I emailed Grohol with roughly the same information as in my comment, adding, "I think it would be appropriate to release my comment from moderation, so readers of your post can know that I've responded."
As of this writing, Grohol has not replied to my email, he has not released my comment from moderation, and he has not written in his blog to counter my rebuttals of his arguments.
One might give him the benefit of the doubt, supposing that perhaps he has not had a chance to tend to his blog these last few days. Yet Grohol posted to Psych Central twice today (8/16) and once yesterday (8/15).
No, it appears more likely that Grohol does not want to discuss the misleading ways he has downplayed the APA's role in supporting US torture. Nor does he want his readers to know there is discussion of this topic available elsewhere.