2002 War Detainees Became Medical Experiments During Interrogations, Say Doctors

June 8th, 2010 - 1:47 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

The watchdog group known as ‘Physicians for Human Rights’ has released a report on Monday which alleges that the Bush Administration conducted experiments on terrorism subjects during their interrogations which began in 2002.

According to the report, doctors, psychologists, and other medical professionals were assigned to watch and report on the effects of the different types of “torture” that the CIA conducted on these suspects in order to persuade them to talk.

Persuasive measures such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and other methods were used to gather information from these detainees, and the reactions to each type of “torture” was carefully monitored by the medical personnel.

The data which was collected was used to refine the methods of questioning, and to be sure that they stayed within the limits which had been previously set by the Bush administration lawyers.

Even though they remained within the legal boundaries for the interrogations, the Physicians for Human Rights group alleges that the medical professionals crossed the line of medical ethics by turning their patients into experiments.

The CIA denies the charges, and an agency spokesman, Paul Gimigliano, stated, “The report is just wrong, the C.I.A. did not, as part of its past detention program, conduct human subject research on any detainee or group of detainees. The entire detention effort has been the subject of multiple, comprehensive reviews within our government, including by the Department of Justice.”

In a report made by the Red Cross last year, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the chief planner of the September 11, 2001 attacks which killed thousands of United States citizens, said that when he underwent the waterboarding interrogation, that his pulse and oxygen levels were watched closely, and that the medical personnel who was monitoring the procedures even stopped the “torture” several times.

Other groups have expressed the opinion that when it comes to potentially saving thousands of lives by gathering information from a known terrorist, if the terrorist refuses to give vital information, then the interrogation is necessary, and the medical personnel are in place to assure that the “torture” serves that purpose.

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