Doctors seek probe of alleged CIA torture experiments

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, June 10, 2010 14:48 EDT
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WASHINGTON — Human rights groups filed a complaint seeking an investigation into allegations that CIA-led medical personnel conducted research experiments on terror detainees after the September 11 attacks.

As RAW STORY reported Monday:

A new report by the watchdog group Physicians for Human Rights alleges Monday that the Bush Administration experimented on terrorism suspects during their enhanced interrogation program put in force starting in 2002.

The group’s review, which examined Bush-era documentation, asserts that the administration violated laws set up in the wake of the Holocaust to prevent medical testing on prisoners of war. (Nazi doctors sometimes experimented on their prisoners.)

The report states that, “Medical personnel were required to monitor all waterboarding practices and collect detailed medical information that was used to design, develop and deploy subsequent waterboarding procedures.”

Physicians for Human Rights, which released the report this week outlining allegations of illegal human subject research and experimentation on detainees, said it filed the complaint Wednesday with seven other organizations with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections.

The office “should initiate immediately an official investigation” into the evidence, which the group said was detailed in declassified government documents.

The division, which sets guidelines for government research on humans including by the CIA, “has a legal responsibility to investigate these disturbing new allegations about the CIA and possible illegal human experimentation on detainees,” said Nathaniel Raymond, lead author of the report.

The CIA has rejected the report as erroneous.

“The CIA did not, as part of its past detention program, conduct human subject research on any detainee or group of detainees,” said CIA spokesman George Little earlier this week.

Joining in the complaint were Amnesty International USA, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Center for Victims of Torture, Human Rights Watch, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

(with additional reporting by Raw Story)

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