On the eve of World Health Day and just weeks from the fifth anniversary of the Abu Ghraib revelations, a newly-released International Committee of the Red Cross report provides additional evidence documenting violations of medical ethics in detainee abuse, emphasizing the need for a full investigation to restore the ethical foundations of the health professions.
Mark Danner, an attorney and journalist, revealed in yesterday's New York Review of Books never-before-seen sections of a confidential International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report detailing the treatment of detainees held at the CIA "black site" interrogation facilities.
President Obama's recent executive order mandating the closure of the detention center at Guant?namo Bay mandated a review of the conditions of confinement there. That review has concluded that treatment of detainees is humane and in keeping with the Geneva Conventions standard.
I attended the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today on a "commission of inquiry" to examine Bush Administration policies governing detainee treatment.
On Tuesday, Salon.com's Mark Benjamin reported that US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is moving forward with with a commission to investigate torture during the Bush administration. Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., told Salon Tuesday that his panel would soon announce a hearing to study various commission plans.