CIA docs committed unlawful human exp in Gitmo: PHR
  • This Section
  • Latest
  • Web Wrap
Last Updated: Thursday, September 03, 2009, 20:12
Washington: CIA employed doctors and psychologists in US detention sites like Guantanamo camp to monitor its "enhanced interrogation" of terror suspects including "unlawful human experimentation", a medical ethics group has alleged.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a not-for-profit group in its latest report on investigating the role of medical personnel in alleged incidents of torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and other US detention sites, accuses doctors of participating at every stage in the the CIA's secret "torture programme", the Guardian reported.

The American Medical Association, the largest body of physicians in the US, said it was discussing the issue with the Obama administration.

"The participation of physicians in torture and interrogation is a violation of core ethical values," it said.

The PHR's latest report, Aiding Torture claims that doctors actively monitored the CIA's interrogation techniques with a view to determining their effectiveness, using detainees as human subjects without their consent. The report concludes that such data gathering was "a practice that approaches unlawful experimentation".

These techniques include facial slaps, sleep deprivation, walling, where the prisoners padded heads are banged against walls, and waterboarding or simulated drowning.

US President Barack Obama has already ordered closure of the controversial Guantanamo camp.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 03, 2009, 20:12

Tag: CIAdoctorsGitmoPHR
comments powered by Disqus