posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 02:20 PM
A new report is saying that Army doctors aided in the torture of detainees in detention centers including the one at Abu Ghraib. In violation of the
Geneva convention, the doctors allegedly gave interrogators patient medical files. The report states this all allegedly happened, but goes on to say
that concluding that doctors helped with torture is premature.
US army doctors apparently helped intelligence officers carry out abusive interrogations at military detention centres, perhaps participating in
torture, a report by New England Journal of Medicine claimed.
Medical personnel helped tailor interrogations to the physical and mental conditions of individual detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the US
military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the report, in its Wednesday's edition, alleged.
Alleging that doctors violated their professional ethics and the Geneva Conventions, it said that medical workers gave interrogators access to patient
medical files, and that psychiatrists and other physicians collaborated with interrogators and guards who, in turn, deprived detainees of sleep,
restricted them to diets of bread and water and exposed them to extreme heat and cold.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The Pentagon says that the report is innacurate and went on to say that some doctors participated as consultants - but nothing more. I imagine that
tailoring interrogation tactics to psycho-analysis of that person is pretty standard operating practices.
This is an extract of the report, The New England Journal of Medicine is a subscriber site.
When military forces go into combat, they are typically accompanied by medical personnel (physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and medics) who
serve in noncombat roles. These professionals are bound by international law to treat wounded combatants from all sides and to care for injured
civilians. They are also required to care for enemy prisoners and to report any evidence of abuse of detainees. In exchange, the Geneva Conventions
protect them from direct attack, so long as they themselves do not become combatants.
Recently, there have been accounts of failure by U.S. medical personnel to report evidence of detainee abuse, even murder, . . .
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