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The Bush Doctors?

Physicians for Human Rights has just released a White Paper entitled, "Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the 'Enhanced' Interrogation Program." Here is a passage from the Executive Summary: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 generalizable 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 domestic and international law. These practices could, in some cases, constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.The whole report can be found here.Because many of the documents that would be necessary fully to make the case are classified, the evidence for the indictment is somewhat circumstantial. Nevertheless, there is enough here to warrant outrage. Particularly troubling is the way that the lawyers used the doctors to justify particular methods of interrogation, while the doctors justified their participation by virtue of the fact that the lawyers said it was legal.



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In 2000 when Bush got elected I attended a lecture by Benedict Groeschel who was exstatic that Bushe got elected and that he would repeal Roe vs Wadw. Groeschel and others should have learned that Bush was only interested in the political benefit and nothing else. He shamelessly exploited the issue and did not chang anything which was fine with him as long as he got elected. Torture now has become a prodigious blemish on Groeschel, Dolan, Chaput and all those monarchs who professed to focus on abortion while they did nothing to limit torture on live human beings. That blemish remains and the American bishops have no answer but shame.

Bush is talking lately. Recently he said if he had to approve the torture now he would do the same thing. Chaney piped in saying it was a "no brainer." This from arguably the worst president and vice president in history. They were the first to coverup for Enron and they are clearly the authors of the great recession we are in. Someone quipped that not only is Bush the worst president. He is now vying to be the worst ex-president.

Caveat: torture is intrinsically evil, waterboarding is torture. However, this article is presenting the OPPOSITE of what actually occurred. The data collection was done to MITIGATE the conditions of the interrogations:"On the basis of this data collection, the report continues, CIA medical personnel replaced water in the waterboarding procedure with saline (salt) solution, to reduce the risk of a detainee contracting pneumonia or developing dangerously low levels of sodium in the blood, which can result from swallowing huge quantities of water. They further modified the procedure by putting detainees on a liquid diet before interrogation, to make them less likely to choke on their own vomit, and introducing a specially designed gurney to move the detainee upright quickly in case of choking."

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