CIA Docs Accused of 'Human Experimentation'

Report from ethics groups says docs in interrogation program guilty of war crimes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2009 4:34 AM CDT
Medical staffers were present during the waterboading of suspects, and were believed to have used a pulse oxymeter in at least one case, placed on the prisoner's finger to monitor his oxygen levels.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – CIA doctors who monitored the agency's "enhanced interrogation" of terror suspects may be guilty of war crimes linked to human experimentation, according to a new report from a medical ethics group. The report from Physicians for Human Rights accuses the doctors and psychologists of being involved at every stage of the interrogation, the Guardian reports. It labels their recording of information on the effectiveness of the techniques as human experimentation, outlawed after the prosecution of Nazi doctors at Nuremberg.

"They were experimenting and keeping records of the results," the report's co-author writes. "That is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions." Officials from the American Medical Association say they in discussions with the Obama administration over the role of doctors in the CIA's program. "The participation of physicians in torture and interrogation is a violation of core ethical values," the group said in a statement.