New Report by Medical Group Confirms Detainees Tortured

Physicians for Human Rights has confirmed via medical examinations that suspected terrorists in U.S.-run detention centers were tortured:

Former terrorist suspects detained by the United States were tortured, according to medical examinations detailed in a report released Wednesday by a human rights group.

The Massachusetts-based Physicians for Human Rights reached that conclusion after two-day clinical evaluations of 11 former detainees, who had been held at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan.

The detainees were never charged with crimes.

“We found clear physical and psychological evidence of torture and abuse, often causing lasting suffering,” said Dr. Allen Keller, a medical evaluator for the study.

In a 121-page report, the doctors’ group said that it uncovered medical evidence of torture, including beatings, electric shock, sleep deprivation, sexual humiliation, sodomy and scores of other abuses.

This is something of a vindication for Gen. Antonio Taguba, whose report documenting the abuses at Abu Ghraib earned him quite a chilly reception from the Bushies. McClatchy has his reaction to the report:

The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing “war crimes” and called for those responsible to be held to account.

The remarks by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who’s now retired, came in a new report that found that U.S. personnel tortured and abused detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, using beatings, electrical shocks, sexual humiliation and other cruel practices.

“After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes,” Taguba wrote. “The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”

Scott Horton suggests that you don’t hold your breath — but he also notes that Col. Larry Wilkerson (Colin Powell’s chief of staff) recently issued a travel advisory for William J. Haynes III, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, and Douglas Feith. (Via Cernig.)

Think Progress reports that Feith was scheduled to testify today at a House subcommittee hearing on the role of lawyers in facilitating torture in the Bush administration, but cancelled when he found out that Wilkerson would also be testifying. Now we know why he’s so nervous about being in the same room with the guy.

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