US Medical Professionals Were Involved in the Design & Administration of TortureSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 12:32
Following the September 11th attacks, physicians and other medical professionals, “particularly psychologists,” were involved in the “design and administration” of harsh treatment and torture. This conduct was “in clear conflict with established international and national professional principles and laws,” a new report from a task force convened by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations finds.
The report details how medical professionals working for the CIA and United States military were directed to deviate from professional standards and ethical conduct, which they are expected to follow. It sought to call attention to the role that medical personnel played in inflicting torture and causing cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in prisons like Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib or various secret prisons operated by the CIA.
The US Justice Department played a key role in this deviation by approving “interrogation methods” that constituted torture. Prisoners captured were also classified in the “war on terror” as “unlawful combatants,” and were not considered individuals who qualified as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions.