Friday, June 24, 2005

Doctors think thumb-screws work best...

More from the brave new world of Newspeak from the Bush administration. In defending the practice of doctors advising "interrogators" (torturers) on how to better "increase stress levels" (torture) of "detainees" (humans without human rights) , the Pentagon had this to say to the New York Times:

Bryan Whitman, a senior Pentagon spokesman, declined to address the specifics in the accounts. But he suggested that the doctors advising interrogators were not covered by ethics strictures because they were not treating patients but rather were acting as behavioral scientists.

It's nice to know you can check the Hippocratic Oath at the door. At least one interrogator (torturer) was honest on the role these "behavioral scientists" (medically-licensed torturers) played:

"Their purpose was to help us break them."

What ever happened to "First, do no harm"?


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