CIA Health Professionals’ Role in Systematic Torture, Including ‘Human Subjects Research’

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 7:00 pm

An organization of United States health professionals has put out a comprehensive analysis of the role US health professionals played in the CIA torture program. The analysis, stemming from the US Senate intelligence committee’s executive summary of its torture report, raises alarming questions about whether these professionals engaged in “human subjects research” that constituted a [...]


NRC on Research on “War on Terror” Detainees: “A Contemporary Problem”?

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 7:40 am

A National Research Council (NRC) 2008 report on a conference on Emerging Cognitive Neuroscience and Related Technologies examined briefly what it characterized as a “contemporary problem,” the possibility of doing research on “war on terror” detainees, removed by the U.S. government from Geneva protections against experiments done on prisoners of war.

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.

PHR Report: Bush Administration Engaged in Illegal Human Experimentation on Torture

By: Sunday June 6, 2010 9:01 pm

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released today the results of a landmark investigation that, according to the organization’s press release, “uncovered evidence that indicates the Bush administration apparently conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation and research on detainees in CIA custody.” PHR is asking President Obama to “order the attorney general to undertake an immediate criminal investigation of alleged illegal human experimentation and research on detainees conducted by the CIA and other government agencies following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.” They are also seeking other investigations by Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice.

Smoking Gun on CIA Torture Conspiracy? Human Experimentation Central to EIT Program

By: Friday September 25, 2009 4:51 pm

If one is looking for a smoking gun in the torture scandal, in my opinion one doesn’t have to look much farther than this. The quote below is from the April 22, 2009 Senate Intelligence Committee narrative of the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinions on the CIA’s interrogation program.

CIA/SERE Experiments Evidence of Attempt to Mislead on OLC Torture Memos

By: Tuesday September 22, 2009 5:10 pm

Professor Shane O’Mara at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience in Dublin has written an article which has caught the attention of the mainstream media. Pamela Hess at Associated Press described Prof. O’Mara’s article, Torturing the Brain: On the folk psychology and folk neurobiology motivating ‘enhanced and coercive interrogation techniques’ (PDF), as showing that “the severe interrogation techniques appear based on ‘folk psychology’ — a layman’s idea of how the brain

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