Friday, June 24, 2005

First Do No Harm Unless....
You Practice at Gitmo

The NYT has interviewed Guantanomo interrogators who revealed doctors provided:
advice on how to increase stress levels and exploit fears, according to new, detailed accounts given by former interrogators.

In addition, the authors of an article published by The New England Journal of Medicine this week said their interviews with doctors who helped devise and supervise the interrogation regimen at Guantánamo showed that the program was explicitly designed to increase fear and distress among detainees as a means to obtaining intelligence.

Do I dare conceive of a new word here .... Mengalize without apology?
Well the Pentagon says it's no problem:
Pentagon officials said in interviews that the practices at Guantánamo violated no ethics guidelines, and they disputed the conclusions of the medical journal's article, which was posted on the journal's Web site on Wednesday.

Now the Pentagon's perview is war not medicine which is probably why they call the good doctors "biscuits":

Several ethics experts outside the military said there were serious questions involving the conduct of the doctors, especially those in units known as Behavioral Science Consultation Teams, BSCT, colloquially referred to as "biscuit" teams, which advise interrogators.

And besides as a Pentagon spokesman said:
that while some health care personnel are responsible for "humane treatment of detainees," some medical professionals "may have other roles," like serving as behavioral scientists assessing the character of interrogation subjects.

OK just don't call them Doctors and just pull the 'ol switcharoo on the Role they play and it's just fine.

Do we really want to go down this Slippery Slope trail? Will these pratices migrate to the mainland? Have they already? Do you want them consulting the "biscuits" on how to handle your tough ass some day? You say we'd never do that. Wake up! This is how, dare I say, Nazis did it. a slow erosion of values, ethics and laws. No matter how low a human can sink (Karl Rove holds the bottom at present but will surely out do himself again) we do not deserve to lower our standards to the level of biscuits or to be Mengalized.
Oh the (w)horror!

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