June 14, 2010

US Conducted Medical Experiments On Detainees

I can't believe this wasn't plastered on every lefty blog, or maybe it was but the major outlets see it for what it is. A turd with a misleading tag line.

Geopolitical Monitor has a story about a report from Physicians for Human Rights which alleges that the "Bush Administration experimented on terrorism suspect during interrogation". Paragraph 2 of this story slips in the Nazi comparison on queue:

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.)

Got it. Bush is Hitler. And what did Hitler do? Lets ask Wikipedia.

Partial Wikipedia Table of Contents
* 1.1 Experiments on twins
* 1.2 Bone, muscle, and nerve transplantation experiments
* 1.3 Freezing experiments
* 1.4 Malaria experiments
* 1.5 Mustard gas experiments
* 1.6 Sulfonamide experiments
* 1.7 Sea water experiments
* 1.8 Sterilization experiments
* 1.9 Experiments with poison
* 1.10 Incendiary bomb experiments
* 1.11 High altitude experiments

Many of the subjects died as a result of the experiments conducted by the Nazis, while many others were murdered after the tests were completed to study the effect post mortem.[22] Those who survived were often left mutilated, suffering permanent disability, weakened bodies, and mental duress.

So what did that bad Bush and Cheney do anyway.

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." Notes the Associated Press:

"For example, the report said, doctors recommended adding salt to the water used for waterboarding, so the patient wouldn't experience hyponatremia, "a condition of low sodium levels in the blood caused by free water intoxication."

It also said information was gathered on the pain inflicted when various techniques were used in combination. Raymond said the purpose was to see if the pain caused violated Bush administration definitions of torture, rather than as a safeguard of the detainees' health.

Medical personnel, the report said, also monitored sleep deprivation, with sleepless stints from 48 hours to 180 hours again to make sure it did not cause prolonged physical and mental suffering, as per those Bush administration definitions, rather than to watch out for harm to the detainee.

That's right. Monitoring sleep deprivation = injecting poison, then performing autopsy.

By Ronin at 03:47 PM | Comments |