Monday, June 07, 2010

Bush's Torture Experiments Criticized

By Jason Leopold
June 7, 2010

Physicians for Human Rights has accused the Bush administration of using “war on terror” detainees as human “guinea pigs” to gauge the effectiveness of various torture techniques, a practice that has raised troubling comparisons to Nazi-era human experimentation.

Read on.

1 comment:

Bill from Saginaw said...

High value detainee Zubaydah had a serious breakdown after eleven days of sleep deprivation.

Based upon this "research", the Office of Legal Counsel concluded that ten days of sleep deprivation was lawful, but twelve days would constitute illegal torture.


Public policy was actually made in this manner, behind closed doors, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11?

This is shallow, stupid misuse of psuedo-scientific methodology, disingenuous legal reasoning, and a clear violation of international human rights law, all rolled into one.

If Zubaydah the guinea pig had never broken down at all, then sleep deprivation for weeks or even months would have been legal. But if Zubaydah had broken down on the second night in captivity, then supposedly detainees couldn't lawfully be kept awake for longer than a weekend.

Ignorance, cloaked within a fig leaf of legalism, seeks to justify torture.

Eric Holder should take the known facts before a grand jury. Let Cheney, Gonzales, Yoo, Rumsfeld, Bradbury, and Bybee tell a jury how they really, sincerely believed what they were doing was not illegal torture.

Jurors are great bullshit detectors.

Let the criminal justice system work, and let the chips fall where they may.

Bill from Saginaw