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Anti-torture Group Demands Probe of Doctors’ Role in Interrogation

WASHINGTON (RNS) The National Religious Campaign Against Torture wants the government to investigate claims that doctors and medical professionals performed unethical experiments on detainees in CIA custody during the Bush administration.
On Tuesday (June 8), members of NRCAT voiced their concerns over a report from the Physicians for Human Rights called “Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the `Enhanced’ Interrogation Program.”
According to the report, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, doctors were asked to analyze and improve enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding, forced nudity, sleep deprivation and prolonged isolation.
The report said doctors were told to monitor waterboarding techniques for “how long each application lasted, how much water was applied, how exactly the water was applied … how the subject looked between each treatment.”
“It disturbs me greatly and it should disturb every person of faith,” said the Rev. Richard Cizik, the former Washington director for the National Association of Evangelicals who now heads the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good.
Cizik is one of several religious leaders featured in NRCAT’s new video called “Accounting for Torture: Being Faithful to our Values,” where they urge the White House and Congress to create a commission of inquiry into the use of torture.
“To tolerate what has happened in this period of history … is to violate the collective national soul and we need to make amends,” Cizik said.
By Fernando Alfonso III
Copyright 2010 Religion News Service. All rights reserved. No part of this transmission may be distributed or reproduced without written permission.

  • pagansister

    Nothing that happened under “W” would surprise me. After all “must get the information”, even though it lowers us to the level of what we claim is done to our men and women when they are captured.

  • nnmns

    Bush and others in his administration are quite arguably guilty of war crimes in addition to the crimes for which he should have been impeached.
    President Obama has opposed investigation of those crimes, I hope not because he thinks he, also, could be culpable at some point.
    There is no excuse for not trying former presidents and their high subordinates if the evidence supports it. That’s the only way our democracy will survive. And if our democracy falls the terrorists win.

  • Rob the Rev

    Gee, just like Joseph Mengele, the Angel of Death. What ever happened to the Hippocratic Oath?
    Captcha: Solent that is reminescent of the movie “Soilent Green.” Appropriate.

  • Rob the Rev

    nrcatvideo — June 06, 2010 — Features Dr. Scott Allen, Physicians for Human Rights lead medical author of recent report providing evidence that CIA and military health professionals engaged in illegal and unethical medical experiments on detainees in U.S. custody following September 2001. The five minute video supports the case for a Commission of Inquiry. More at

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