Doctors and nurses working under US military orders have been complicit in the abuse of terrorism suspects, a new independent US report says.
The study says medical professionals helped design, enable and participated in “torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of detainees.
The report was compiled by an independent panel of military, health, ethics and legal experts.
Both the CIA and the Pentagon have rejected the report’s findings…
That last sentence ain’t exactly a surprise. I doubt if they care one way or the other.
The report says the collusion began at US prisons in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and at CIA secret detention sites after the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US.
Co-author Leonard Rubenstein told the BBC’s Newsday programme that the report revealed “the legacy of torture and detainee abuse at Guantanamo and elsewhere on the medical community”.
“What we found was that the department of defence and the CIA actually changed core ethical standards to facilitate participation by health professionals in the abuse of detainees. And those distortions still exist,” he said…
The report calls on the US Senate Intelligence Committee to fully investigate medical practices at the detention sites.
Pentagon spokesman Todd Breasseale said that none of the critics of prisoner care had access to the detainees, their medical records, or the procedures at Guantanamo.
He described the doctors and nurses working at Guantanamo as “consummate professionals“.
And Mussolini got the trains in Italy to run on time.
As for access to prisoners? That’s a function of the isolation imposed by the screws in charge of US prisons holding detainees illegally to begin with. What meager judicial processes the prisoners have been allowed violate all core international treaties on war crimes. And even though a significant number of prisoners have been judged free of crime they haven’t been allowed repatriation.
Nope. The whole process stinks on ice – just like Obama’s so-called legalising of Bush’s crimes. Same shit, different day is all. The doctors who worked for Himmler and Hitler in Nazi death camps were consummate professionals, too.
You can download the full report [.pdf] over here – hosted by the Institute for Medicine as a Profession.