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First, do no harm

June 8, 2010, 5:24 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released a chilling report yesterday revealing that CIA medical personnel appear to have conducted illegal experiments on detainees in US custody. The healthcare professionals, working for US military and intelligence agencies, were tasked with testing and refining the torture techniques used at Guantanamo Bay.

Baptist ethicist Glen Stassen at EthicsDaily.com said it best:

“These doctors were not trying to develop cures for diseases. They were helping to refine techniques for causing pain. They were not serving patients. They were helping a few government lawyers write justifications for human degradation that violated international law that the United States has ratified, and that is the law of our land. There was no therapeutic purpose.”

And, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture partnered with Physicians for Human Rights on this video (heads up–it’s about 5 minutes long!), detailing the horrific abuses and why the faith community can’t stand by:

3 Responses to “First, do no harm”

  1. I think a good rule is: if the Nazis did it, we should avoid it.

  2. Kate says:

    It’s the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, not coalition. Helpful if anyone wants to research further.

  3. Nick says:

    Thanks for the correction. We’ve updated the entry.