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American MD's Cooperate In Torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib

Sathya Spreads | 28.06.2006 15:45 | Animal Liberation | Anti-militarism | Repression | Birmingham

MD complicity with torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, in Afghanistan and other illegal CIA prisons around the world..
signing off on sleep deprivation, culling medical literature
for torture technique, etc.

MD complicity with torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, in Afghanistan and other illegal CIA prisons around the world

Oath Betrayed, is a book written by Steven Miles MD about
MD complicity in torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan and
illegal CIA prisons around the world.

Dr Miles was a guest on National Public Radio on June 28th.. Dr Miles was asked whether or not there were MD's at Abu Ghraib. This question sparked his
investigation into medical complicity with torture. He is currently a
professor at the University of Minnesota medical school. His book
documents that military doctors
and nurses
1. signed off on sleep deprivation, food restrictions,
solitary confinement.
2. that MD's were sometimes present during torture
interrogations as revealed by 'interrogation logs'.
3. that nurses and MD's often did not report torture
4. that MD's and nurses sometimes did not treat the victims
of torture.
5. that MD's and nurses culled medical literature
to inform interrogators of torture techniques, as well
as for Islamic culture vulnerabilities
6. that MD's and nurses ignored tuberculosis cases.
7. that the California Medical Board refused to discipline
one of the named doctors
8. that the AMA has finally and belatedly issued
a paper on medical ethics issues involved in interrogation.

Dr Miles said of one Guantanamo prisoner who died of
hypothermia that hypothermia is rare in Cuba unless induced.

A caller to the show mentioned that Alan Dershowitz
has been promoting the culture of neocon torture. He
joins neocons AG Alberto Gonzalez, Homeland Security's Michael Chertoff,
Chief Justice John Roberts (all of whom are illegally appointed by an unelected regime).
and others who have written legal briefs promoting

Medical complicity with torture is done by medical professionals
trained in the objectification of animals
on whom they inflict suffering. Such silence or complicity
in animal torture has a transfer effect to harming human

The educational chauvinism prevalent in our society has exempted doctors and lawyers from trial by the public.
Instead they are tried by their 'peers' who have failed in many cases to act. It is time that the public regain its right to judge medical and legal professionals.


ABOUT THIS BOOK from the Random House website:

"If law be the bedrock of civil society, it can no more undergird
torture than it could support slavery or genocide."
-from the Introduction

The graphic photographs of U.S. military personnel grinning over abused
Arab and Muslim prisoners shocked the world community. That the United
States was systematically torturing inmates at prisons run by its
military and civilian leaders divided the nation and brought deep shame
to many. When Steven H. Miles, an expert in medical ethics and an
advocate for human rights, learned of the neglect, mistreatment, and
torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, and elsewhere, one
of his first thoughts was: "Where were the prison doctors while the
abuses were taking place?"

In Oath Betrayed, Miles explains the answer to this question. Not only
were doctors, nurses, and medics silent while prisoners were abused;
physicians and psychologists provided information that helped determine
how much and what kind of mistreatment could be delivered to detainees
during interrogation. Additionally, these harsh examinations were
monitored by health professionals operating under the purview of the
U.S. military.
Miles has based this book on meticulous research and a wealth of
resources, including unprecedented eyewitness accounts from actual
victims of prison abuse, and more than thirty-five thousand pages of
documentation acquired through provisions of the Freedom of Information
Act: army criminal investigations, FBI notes on debriefings of
prisoners, autopsy reports, and prisoners' medical records. These
documents tell a story markedly different from the official version of
the truth, revealing involvement at every level of government, from
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to the Pentagon's senior health
officials to prison health-care personnel.

Oath Betrayed is not a denunciation of American military policy or of
war in general, but of a profound betrayal of traditions that have
shaped the medical corps of the United States armed forces and of
America's abdication of its leadership role in international human
rights. This book is a vital document that will both open minds and
reinvigorate Americans' understanding of why human rights matter, so
that we can reaffirm and fortify the rules for international civil

"This, quite simply, is the most devastating and detailed
investigation into a question that has remained a no-no in the current
debate on American torture in George Bush's war on terror: the role
of military physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel. Dr. Miles
writes in a white rage, with great justification-but he lets the
facts tell the story."
-Seymour M. Hersh, author of Chain of Command

"Steven Miles has written exactly the book we require on medical
complicity in torture. His admirable combination of scholarship and
moral passion does great service to the medical profession and to our
-Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., author of The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing
and the Psychology of Genocide, and co-editor of Crimes of War: Iraq

Torture at Walmart.

A greeter at the Arlington Rd. Walmart (one of the seniors eking out
a living under the Republicans) in Akron Ohio in the US
was feeling dizzy and sat down. He was told by management
that he would be fired if he did not get up. He got up and
shortly thereafter died.

Thank You God for removing all violent people from economic and
political power now. By Your Divine Will, transfer funds from their
bank accounts to the homes of the poor. Shut down now
all systems of violence to any being.

Sathya Spreads
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