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2013-11-04 14:10:01

Medical, military, and ethics experts say health professionals designed and participated in cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment and torture of detainees; seek policies to assure conformance with ethical principles An independent panel of military, ethics, medical, public health, and legal experts today charged that U.S. military and intelligence agencies directed doctors and psychologists working in U.S. military detention centers to violate standard ethical principles and medical...

2012-01-12 06:55:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week The Pen, writer and director of "The Last War Crime" movie, appealed for a mobilization to protest YouTube's censorship of the preview waterboarding scene from this soon to be officially released feature film. YouTube's purported excuse for banning the video was they claimed it contained "nudity, pornography, or other sexually provocative content." Pen now reports that in response to more than 7,000 personal protest messages YouTube has...

2012-01-03 12:27:13

Use of torture around the world has not diminished but the techniques used have grown more complex and sophisticated, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. The study suggests that these emerging forms of torture, which include various types of rape, bestiality and witnessing violent acts, are experienced by people seeking asylum in the UK. In many cases the techniques cause no visible effect but are responsible for a variety of serious mental health problems....

2011-12-28 07:20:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Though still not even in official release, the writer and director of "The Last War Crime" says that YouTube is already trying to suppress the movie, which is a new full-length feature film about indicting Dick Cheney for torture. The movie's writer and director, who goes by the name of The Pen, asks, "And isn't that something billions of people want to see?" But, says The Pen, YouTube does not want their visitors to see the preview clip of the...

2011-05-09 21:40:27

Medical involvement with torture is prohibited by international law and professional associations, and yet sometimes it is the right thing for doctors to do, argue two bioethicists. Their timely paper in the Hastings Center Report comes as news of the trail leading to the death of Osama Bin Laden points to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay who were subject to "enhanced interrogation techniques," which many believe amounted to torture. Despite its prohibition, torture remains widespread in more than...

2011-04-12 08:50:00

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Torture. The United Nations defines it as the "infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering." But how severe is severe? That judgment determines whether or not the law classifies an interrogation practice as torture. Now, a study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, condemns this method of classification as essentially flawed. The reason: the...

2010-06-04 17:42:00

WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has received hundreds of pages of declassified "Top Secret" Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) memoranda detailing Congressional notifications and briefings concerning enhanced interrogation techniques and detention operations. The records were produced to Judicial Watch pursuant to a court order, as a result of its Freedom of...

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2010-02-04 12:56:43

U.S. intelligence director Dennis Blair said Wednesday that an elite U.S. interrogation unit will conduct "scientific research" to find better ways of questioning top suspected terrorists. "It is going to do scientific research on that long-neglected area," Blair told the House Intelligence Committee, without elaborating on the nature of the techniques being tested. Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for Blair, declined to give detail to "specific research projects" but said any such project would...

2009-11-03 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Justice Through Music ("JTM"), a national non-profit that works with famous bands to get people involved with important social causes, released a new music video this week to focus attention on the horrors of torture by the United States government. JTM collaborated with the band Op-Critical, filming one of the band members getting waterboarded, hooded, hung from bars, dragged and confined in an abandoned prison. In just a few days, the video...

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2009-09-01 13:40:00

Health experts are being accused of playing a "central role" in advising and implementing the CIA's abusive interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects, The Associated Press reported. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a U.S.-based medical rights advocacy group, issued its report on Monday after shocking details about the range of techniques used by interrogators -- including the simulated drowning known as water-boarding -- came to light one week ago with release of a 2004 CIA...