83 Died in U.S.-Guatemala Syphilis Experiments: “We’re talking about intentional deception.”

By: Monday August 29, 2011 7:15 pm

Only total transparency and an end to secrecy on these issue will bring an end to this kind of illegal experimentation and the human tragedies that result. “National security” for too long has been a shibboleth to justify the worst violations of human rights.

 

Air Force Teaching Guide Minimizes History of Recruiting Nazis, Part One

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 11:30 am

Why does the United States Air Force, in their teaching materials provided to ICBM missile combat crew at Air Force Global Strike Command, present such a sympathetic portrayal of former Nazi scientist and SS officer Werner von Braun, and why does the Air Force limit their discussion about Nazi involvement in the U.S. space program to “only one man,” von Braun? The reason is simple, but shocking to many, as the history has been largely covered-up, or relegated to out-of-print history books: the U.S. missile program, and much of its military science program in the post-World War II period, was imported wholesale from the Nazis, including their leading scientists.

David Hicks Speaks Out on Torture, Medical Experimentation at Guantanamo

By: Wednesday February 16, 2011 7:15 pm

Jason Leopold has posted an incredible interview with David Hicks, formerly Detainee 002 at Guantanamo. In April 2007, Hicks, an Australian, was released from Guantanamo and sent back to serve nine months in jail in Australia, having been forced to plead guilty to “providing material support to terrorism.” This is his first interview, and Truthout has posted it along with an article by Leopold with more background on Hicks, which includes interviews with some of the guards who watched him.

Guantanamo Medical Chief Was “Advised Not to Talk About” Drug Decision

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 6:00 am

A new story at Truthout, which I co-authored with Jason Leopold, takes up the investigation of the story into the mass drugging of Guantanamo detainees with the controversial drug mefloquine, aka Lariam, which we originally reported earlier this month. In an interview with the former commander of the Guantanamo Naval Hospital, who signed off on the mefloquine use, Captain Albert Shimkus said “There were certain issues we were advised not to talk about.”

2002 DoD Directive Changed Rules to Allow Experiments on Detainees

By: Thursday October 14, 2010 5:20 pm

A new article at Truthout describes how Paul Wolfowitz issued a military directive in March 2002 that loosened rules against human experimentation and protections for subjects of such research that had been in place since the early 1970s. According to sources within the Department of Defense, the Wolfowitz Directive, “Protection of Human Subjects and Adherence to Ethical Standards in DoD-Supported Research”, was used to support a top-secret Special Access Program at Guantanamo funded through the Defense Department’s black budget involving “deception detection”, interrogation, and other research upon detainees.

Bad Science: From Guatemala VD “Research” to CIA-DoD Interrogation Experimentation

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 7:09 am

Headlines were made last week concerning revelations that a key researcher who was part of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis experiment had also headed a 1940s project in Guatemala that deliberately inoculated prisoners and insane asylum inmates with various venereal diseases. But there have been many more examples of U.S. government experimentation on unwitting subjects, including CIA experiments on detainees held in the “war on terror.”

PTSD “Service Connected” to SERE Torture Techniques, Despite Yoo, Bybee Denials

By: Monday August 23, 2010 2:15 pm

In a series of recent articles, I’ve pointed out Yoo, Bybee, and later Office of Legal Counsel attorney Stephen Bradbury, disregarded internal SERE documents related to the safety of waterboarding. Now we can add the suppression of complaints by SERE trainees of having contracted PTSD from participation in SERE training. This directly contradicts the Yoo/Bybee contention in the Aug. 2, 2002 memo to Rizzo, where they wrote, “Through your [i.e., CIA] consultation with various individuals responsible for such training, you have learned that these techniques have been used as elements of a course of conduct without any reported incident of prolonged mental harm.”

Exclusive: Senate Intel Committee to Consider PHR Findings on Torture Experiments

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 11:30 am

The Senate Intelligence Committee will take up the report by Physicians for Human Rights alleging torture experimentation by the CIA. The US was not created as a torturing country; let’s see if our ideals overcome and throw light on this troubling chapter.

NYT Editorial Calls for Investigations on Illegal Torture Experiments

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 6:00 am

The New York Times’ editorial board has called for the White House and Congress to investigate charges of illegal human experimentation by the CIA and possibly other agencies. Such illegal research is a war crime, and insofar as undertaken by medical professionals, represent a grave breach of medical ethics.

Allowing Human Experimentation under the War Crimes Act

By: Monday June 7, 2010 6:00 am

Physicians for Human Rights just released a report documenting what Jeff Kaye and more recently Jason Leopold have been discussing for years: America’s torturers were conducting a kind of human experimentation on the earliest detainees. PHR is calling on Attorney General Holder to investigate whether CIA’s medical personnel committed the war crime of human experimentation. Details suggest that someone in government recognized the risk CIA’s torturers faced.

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