Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Guantanamo house of horrors cover-up

Source: Press TV

Former and current detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba have been repeatedly abused and tortured, according to a new study published online on Tuesday in the open-access journal PloS Medicine.

The two non-governmental experts who wrote the report found that medical and psychological evaluations basically proved the allegations of torture and abuse going on at Gitmo.

Study author Vincent Iacopino, the senior medical adviser to the non-profit Physicians for Human Rights, said that broken bones and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder were consistently glossed over by Department of Defense medical professionals at the camp.

"The pattern of neglecting the physical and psychological evidence of torture is striking. It appears to us that this was an essential component of enabling torture," Iacopino stated.

Iacopino said he hopes the findings will lead to a thorough, impartial investigation of allegations of abuse at Guantanamo Bay.

"Even though there's evidence that these medical clinicians failed to document torture, the responsibility and the failure doesn't end there," Iacopino added. "It's apparent to us that the failure stems from those who made the policy to enable torture and then the failure to develop any policy to recognize it."

According to a statement in the study, “The findings reveal new information about the potential extent of medical complicity in US torture practices, and they highlight the need for a thorough and impartial investigation of all the available information, including relevant classified information.”

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