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The Stain of Torture
By Burton J. Lee III
The Washington Post
Friday 01 July 2005
Having served as a doctor in the Army Medical Corps early in my career and as presidential physician to George H.W. Bush for four years, I might be expected to bring a skeptical and partisan perspective to allegations of torture and abuse by US forces. I might even be expected to join those who, on the one hand, deny that US personnel have engaged in systematic use of torture while, on the other, claiming that such abuse is justified. But I cannot do so.
It's precisely because of my devotion to country, respect for our military and commitment to the ethics of the medical profession that I speak out against systematic, government-sanctioned torture and excessive abuse of prisoners during our war on terrorism. I am also deeply disturbed by the reported complicity in these abuses of military medical personnel. This extraordinary shift in policy and values is alien to my concept of modern-day America and of my government and profession.
Originally posted by EvilSockPuppet
If they are using torture in this war on terrorism. who cares?
Make no mistake, you are either on one side or the other, otherwise when the day comes and an attack hits close to your home, it will be to late to rethink your positions.
As far as I am concerned torture is too kind.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
If and when a day comes that things have flipped, and you are at the mercy of a toturer's hand, remember those proud words of yours.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Just a correction here, the story says this doctor was a presidential physician for George H.W. Bush, not George W. Bush...