Essay: Middle East War
Ross, S. Middle East War: U.S. Doctors Approved Torture and Denied Medical Care to Captives, Retrieved on July 20, 2010 from http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20031 July 19, 2010
The site provides the reader with the details of how Americans doctors denied captured suspects the right to treatment. Some of the suspects were denied essential medication such as insulin, which in some cases it, became fatal. A directive from the then U S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, which was issued in December 2002, gave doctors powers to deny suspects medical attention in cases which were perceived to be less severe. Suspects were kept in the cells at the Abu Ghraib correctional facility in Baghdad, with gunshots wounds in order to make them accept their accusations. A doctor or a psychiatrist would examine a suspect before he is handed over to the CIA for interrogation but the presumption that one is innocent until proven guilty was not followed. The fact that the directive was withdrawn after a few days did not stop the interrogators from using it there after.
A doctor who tried to save the life of a prisoner would be branded a traitor for the interrogators had no mercy towards the prisoners as it happened to Andrew Duffy. A doctor had the authority to share medical record of a prisoner with the interrogators as a way of giving them the chance to ascertain the amount of torture one could sustain. Though about 90 % of the prisoners were innocent according to Gen. Janis Karpinski, they were all subjected to the same treatment. Large needles were used to inject prisoners who were in dire need of medication as a deterrent and at the same as punishment to accept what one was being accused for. The site gives the reader an overall view of what doctors did towards torture of suspects.