Turnabout Tuesday


The Central Intelligence Agency had explicit guidelines for “human experimentation” – before, during and after its post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees – that raise new questions about the limits on the agency’s in-house and contracted medical research.

Sections of a previously classified CIA document, made public by the Guardian on Monday, empower the agency’s director to “approve, modify, or disapprove all proposals pertaining to human subject research”. The leeway provides the director, who has never in the agency’s history been a medical doctor, with significant influence over limitations the US government sets to preserve safe, humane and ethical procedures on people.

CIA director George Tenet approved abusive interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, designed by CIA contractor psychologists. He further instructed the agency’s health personnel to oversee the brutal interrogations – the beginning of years of controversy, still ongoing, about US torture as a violation of medical ethics.

But the revelation of the guidelines has prompted critics of CIA torture to question how the agency could have ever implemented what it calls “enhanced interrogation techniques” – despite apparently having rules against “research on human subjects” without their informed consent.

Indeed, despite the lurid name, doctors, human-rights workers and intelligence experts consulted by the Guardian said the agency’s human-experimentation rules were consistent with responsible medical practices. The CIA, however, redacted one of the four subsections on human experimentation.



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18 Responses to Turnabout Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Spooks will be spooks, prying, meddling, creating new enemies for us to fight against, torture seems low on the scale. The truly evil side of our acronym assortment without a doubt.


  2. Den says:

    Doc, my hunt for property is constantly changing with my finances. It is now reduced to level that is affordable, before I had a plan for more but since I have not worked at my normal job since last T-Day, adjustments were made and the extremely narrow money window has limited my prospects greatly. I did locate a reasonably priced acre of land, quite rural and quiet, that needs to be developed, well, septic and utilities need to be put in yet. Land is very expensive here with mostly hillsides for sale. This piece is slightly sloped but a driveway and flat area has been carved out. Just waiting for the seller to agree to my offer, waiting impatiently as usual.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Birch & Barley after a slow 17+27=34 minutes on the sticks. Blackend Salmon Caesar Salad and a glass of Pinot Noir.

    Lovely day out again and so other than the stick walking a nothing accomplished day.


  4. º¿carol says:

    The horrible humidity left, normal humidity today around 50% and with the breeze I didn’t put the A/C on and threw all the windows open.

    Drove out to the meat store, and across the road the bird seed store, got home and put the meat away, fed Bob then drove into Stockbridge, dollar day at the video store. Ran back into the little grocery, which I went to yesterday, because I needed horseradish for a pot roast I want to make.

    THEN I mowed. Took about 3 1/2 hours. I love mowing! Especially today, perfect weather and the grass was horrible. Everything is pretty now and I’ll be going out to walk around at beer-30. I mean, at 8:30.

    Now I’m trying to get thru my internet rounds, I started with DWF.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    The car is full. Need a clown bus.


  6. Den says:

    Time to check the LLama situation again, my this day went by fast.


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