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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Medical Ethics Breached on Guantanamo

According to an article in today's New York Times, "The International Committee of the Red Cross has charged in confidential reports to the United States government that the American military has intentional used psychological and sometimes physical coercion 'tantamount to torture' on detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."  The Red Cross' inspection team "of humanitarian workers, which included experienced medical personnel, also asserted that some doctors and other medical workers at Guantánamo were participating in planning for interrogations, in what the report called 'a flagrant violation of medical ethics.'"  The charges, which are denied by the Administration, include providing interrogators access to medical files as part of the interrogation process.  It is unclear from the article whether the Red Cross also accused the military doctors of consultating with interrogation teams to calibrate the level of pain to be administered to prisoners.

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