Nastiness of American torture regime continues to be unveiled: Not only Hollywood, but doctors, California prisons all co-opted for the causeTuesday, November 26, 2013 at 9:43 am by Nicholas Devyatkin
For those who think that the debate surrounding torture ended with the hoopla around the film Zero Dark Thirty, think again. A recent report by the Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers (Task Force) lambasted doctors for their participation in torture at Guantanamo Bay. The doctors advised CIA and military interrogators on how to take advantage of prisoners’ fears and insecurities, and how to ultimately destroy their will to resist. The CIA’s Office of Medical Services oversaw and approved waterboarding, among other forms of torture. As Dr. Stephen Xenakis points out in a recent interview,
they were specifically giving the interrogators information on the health condition of the subjects, on vulnerabilities, on ideas about what their psychology was, so that they could be exploited . . . they were going to be exploited to exercise stress and coercion, with the idea that they were going to get better information.