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Tortured, Under the Eyes of a Doctor (NY Times 14/6/10)

Posted in Uncategorized by ce399 on 21/06/2010

To the Editor:

Re “Doctors Who Aid Torture” (editorial, June 8):

Your call for the White House and Congress to investigate charges that doctors, psychologists and physician assistants unlawfully participated in torture, as documented by Physicians for Human Rights, is unlikely to be heeded.

There are two explanations for President Obama’s failure to hold the previous administration accountable for its open violations of the laws against torture. The charitable one is that President Obama, as he has said, wants to look forward, not backward, which is in line with his efforts at conciliation and bipartisanship. The cynical explanation is that the administration wishes to retain the right to torture.

Either way, the result of holding the previous administration unaccountable assures that we will torture again.

Rod Such
Redmond, Wash., June 8, 2010

To the Editor:

The United States has a gruesome record of human subject research about prisoners, and prisoners detained on suspicion of terrorism are considered wholly unworthy of humane consideration.

Waterboarding, originally tested for one-time use, became so streamlined that it could be applied “safely” more than 180 times. A tracheotomy kit was kept on hand so that a person could be efficiently resuscitated while in the throes of drowning.

I am reminded of the struggle over the role doctors played in the development of death penalty protocols. The American Medical Association’s condemnation resulted in the development of at least one company that specializes in certifying lethal injection protocols and the death of the condemned.

To avoid a similar result, we must end torture and the use of implements of torture, and change detention conditions that constitute psychological torture.

Jamie Bissonette
Pembroke, Me., June 8, 2010

The writer is director of the Healing Justice Program, New England, part of the American Friends Service Committee.

To the Editor:

I am repelled by the concept of doctors’ participating in torture and in experiments on humans to make torture safer.

I am equally repelled by the lack of resolve of the current administration to examine the practices of the previous executive branch that led to such activities, and by the adoption of policies and procedures that the prior administration is desperate to avoid having examined.

Actions government employees take using taxpayer money should not be hidden. In our democracy, we should be able to decide if this is how we want our money to be used.

Jonathan Knisely
New Haven, June 8, 2010

The writer is a doctor.

To the Editor:

No doctor or other health professional should be allowed to use his or her education, training and professional status to cooperate in the torture or improper treatment of prisoners.

The states, which license health care professionals, should bar them from participating in torture or improper treatment of prisoners. I have sponsored a bill in the State Assembly to prohibit health care professionals licensed in New York from participating in torture or improper treatment of a prisoner.

There would be much less abuse of prisoners if even a few doctors said, “Sorry, sir, but I could lose my license if I did that.”

Richard N. Gottfried
New York, June 8, 2010

The writer is a member of the New York State Assembly and chairman of its Health Committee.

To the Editor:

The identities of the doctors who participated in the blatantly unethical and illegal activities described in your editorial should be disclosed. We do not want such doctors treating us, and our government should not “cover up” their activities.

Since medical licenses are granted by individual states, these doctors should face disciplinary proceedings, with appropriate due process, by the boards of medical licensure in each and every state where they have a license to practice.

Herbert Rakatansky
Providence, R.I., June 8, 2010

The writer is emeritus clinical professor of medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/opinion/l14torture.html?pagewanted=print

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