Report of Doctors' Participating in Detainee Abuse

The New York Times has an article today about a New England Journal of Medicine article citing interrogators who report that doctors aided them at Guantanamo.

Several ethics experts outside the military said there were serious questions involving the conduct of the doctors, especially those in units known as Behavioral Science Consultation Teams, BSCT, colloquially referred to as "biscuit" teams, which advise interrogators. "Their purpose was to help us break them," one former interrogator told The Times earlier this year.

However, these reports are not new.

In August, 2004, a leading British medical journal published an article that criticized the medical ethics of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and in Afghanistan. So did the New England Journal of Medicine.

And in January, 2005, the New England Journal of Medicine released an article by a Georgetown University law professor implicating army doctors in the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.

For some additional insight, this op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle by Alfred McCoy on the CIA's history of torture is well-worth reading. McCoy is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of "The Politics of Heroin," an examination of the CIA's alliances with drug lords, and "Closer Than Brothers," a study of the impact of the CIA's psychological torture method upon the Philippine military.

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    I suppose that anyone who tried to draw a parallel to what the doctors at Guantanamo Bay did to the legacy of Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz would just get shouted down by the neo-cons, eh?

    Re: Report of Doctors' Participating in Detainee A (none / 0) (#1)
    by Randinho on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:29 PM EST
    A few doctors in Brazil who had participated in torture sessions when the military was in power had their licenses canceled a few years ago. Perhaps we should start following their lead . . .

    Re: Report of Doctors' Participating in Detainee A (none / 0) (#3)
    by Andreas on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:29 PM EST
    The WSWS has mentioned several times that these war crimes are reminescent of Dr. Josef Mengele:
    The New England Journal of Medicine report provides new evidence that the US military is enlisting their services expressly to assist in the criminal abuse and torture of detainees, a practice reminiscent of the crimes carried out by the likes of the Nazis’ Josef Mengele, the infamous doctor at the Auschwitz death camp.
    US doctors tied to torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib By Kate Randall, 13 January 2005
    This enlistment of doctors in the service of the torture of prisoners is hauntingly reminiscent of the work of Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazis’ “Angel of Death” at Auschwitz.
    International Red Cross charges systematic abuse Bush’s “Torture Inc.” at Guantanamo By Kate Randall, 2 December 2004

    Re: Report of Doctors' Participating in Detainee A (none / 0) (#4)
    by john horse on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:29 PM EST
    If the Bush administration has nothing to hide, then why do they oppose an independent investigation of Guantanamo? If you consider the conclusions of the investigation by the New England Journal of Medicine, the most respected journal in its field in America, the answer is clear. They don't want an independent investigation because when they say that prisoners are being treated humanely they are just simply lying.

    Re: Report of Doctors' Participating in Detainee A (none / 0) (#5)
    by DawesFred60 on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:30 PM EST
    "come-on Randy paul", you want to send all those doctors to the V.A., do you? After all a guys got to eat right? and the doctors are only following orders right? and if you cancel lic's the government will just hire the doctors at The V.A. that would be really mean and evil.

    Pull their license to practice medicine. It's a no-brainer. They have violated the oath. Individuals need to understand that there can be personal consequences for taking part in atrocities. Then other individuals faced with orders to commit atrocities may pause.

    Re: Report of Doctors' Participating in Detainee A (none / 0) (#7)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:31 PM EST
    "Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice" From the hippocratic oath