Medical Workers Helped Tailor Interrogations of Detainees, Article Says
U.S. Army doctors violated the Geneva Conventions by helping intelligence
officers carry out abusive interrogations at military detention centers,
perhaps participating in torture, according to an article in today's
edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Medical personnel helped tailor interrogations to the physical and mental
conditions of individual detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the
U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to the article. It
says that medical workers gave interrogators access to patient medical
files, and that psychiatrists and other physicians collaborated with
interrogators and guards who, in turn, deprived detainees of sleep,
restricted them to diets of bread and water and exposed them to extreme
heat and cold.
"Clearly, the medical personnel who helped to develop and execute
aggressive counter-resistance plans thereby breached the laws of war," says
the four-page article labeled "Perspective."
"The conclusion that doctors participated in torture is premature, but
there is probable cause for suspecting it…