New Report Accuses Bush Admin. Of Experimenting On Detainees
June 7, 2010
US (ChattahBox) – A new report by the Physicians for Human Rights has accused the Bush Administration of using detainees to do experimentation on pain sustainability, torture, and the human body’s reaction to some interrogation techniques.
According to the report, medical staff was placed in the room during ‘enhanced’ CIA interrogations, where methods involving pain or fear were used.
That staff would allegedly gather data about the practices and the detainees reaction to those practices. This data would then be applied to creating more effective interrogation techniques for that particular prisoner the next time.
The PHR says this violates many sanctions put in place following the Holocaust to protect prisoners of war and detainees from torture.
This information may have also been used by Bush-era lawyers in the White House, who sparked controversy when they wrote guidelines on the use of waterboarding.
One of those guidelines was that the medical staff was there in the first place, which Bush and his cronies tried to use to explain away any accusations of torture, saying medical aid was on hand.
But that doesn’t stop the fact that human experimentation may have been used, in addition to torture tactics.
The accusation from the report is clear:
Human experimentation without the consent of the subject is a violation of international human rights law to which the United States is subject; federal statutes; the Common Rule, which comprises the federal regulations for research on human subjects and applies to 17 federal agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense; and universally accepted health professional ethics, including the Nuremberg Code… Human experimentation on detainees also can constitute a war crime and a crime against humanity in certain circumstances.