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    brawk!..., 2010-06-07 07:22:25 | Main | letting the chips off the old block fall..., 2010-06-08 13:17:44

    the question is, really, what war crimes haven't we committed lately:

    If any are left I'm sure we'll get around to them:

    Investigation and analysis of US government documents by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) provides evidence indicating that the Bush administration, in the period after Sept. 11, conducted human research and experimentation on prisoners in US custody as part of this monitoring role. Health professionals working for and on behalf of the CIA monitored the interrogations of detainees, collected and analyzed the results of those interrogations, and sought to derive general- izable inferences to be applied to subsequent interrogations. Such acts may be seen as the conduct of research and experimentation by health professionals on prisoners, which could violate accepted standards of medical ethics, as well as do- mestic and international law. These practices could, in some cases, constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    ...

    data collection was required by OMS monitoring guidelines, and a Justice Department memo draws legal conclusions about the permissibility of the techniques based on apparent scientific analysis of the OMS data referenced in the memos.

    1. Medical personnel were required to monitor all waterboarding practices and collect detailed medical information that was used to design, develop, and deploy subsequent waterboarding procedures;
    2. Information on the effects of simultaneous versus sequential application of the abusive interrogation techniques on detainees was collected and used to establish the policy for using tactics in combination. These data were gathered through an assessment of the presumed “susceptibility” of the subjects to severe pain;
    3. Information collected by health professionals on the effects of sleep deprivation on detainees was used to establish EIP sleep deprivation policy.

    To demonstrate that their torture techniques were "safe, legal, and effective" the Bush administration is accused of medically experimenting on unwilling human subjects. That is to say, they were torturing people in order to establish a legal defense against charges that they were torturing people. It's fairly perverse.

    At least it's been a little while since agents of our government have been caught running sex slave rings... or not.


:: posted by buermann @ 2010-06-08 09:46:30 CST | link





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