4.18.2009

Psycho: Bush's Willing Medical Torturers

These so-called doctors should be charged with war crimes along with all the others (Yoo, Addington, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc.).

From Jacob Heilbrunn:

The Washington Post features an exposé today by Joby Warrick and Peter Finn that further illuminates the darkest recesses of the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced interrogation program." Numerous psychologists, physicians, and other health officials, the Post reports, played a key role in not only drawing up but also implementing the torture of suspected terrorists.

The Hippocratic oath says "First, do no harm." The malignant credo of these medical professionals was that they could torture up to the point of not causing permanent harm. They were not government civil servants but contract employees. They were not remotely under any compulsion to authorize torture. But whether from venality or sadism or misguided notions of protecting national security, or some combination of all three, they have forfeited the right to practice medicine. Under the guise of extracting information from alleged terrorists, they themselves sought to terrorize. They should be identified and disbarred.

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