#1 Medical experiments part of CIA torture
06-07-2010, 08:52 PM
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Betty Karlson (665 posts) Mon Jun-07-10 05:18 AM
Original message Medical experiments part of CIA torture
There is only a limited range of words available for describing this kind of revelation. Dr Mengele comes to mind, of course. Disgusting, is another one. Evil, unholy, dangerous...
Anyway, with reckless abandon for America's international standing, Bush/Cheney and co have allowed medical experimenting to be conducted on "terror suspects". I know there is Godwin's law, but can we please agree that this is right on par with the German National-Socialists?
:DMay the FORCE be with you!
06-07-2010, 09:19 PM
Physicians for Human Rights: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physici...r_Human_Rights
Founders and Famous PHR Board Members
* H. Jack Geiger  
* Carola B. Eisenberg
* Gregory C. Carr
* Richard Goldstone
* Professor of U.S. foreign policy at Hofstra University
* Consistently condemns American foreign policy
* Denounces the “unbridled nationalism and racism” of the United States
* “American imperialism and militarism are longstanding features of our national identity.”
* Purposefully blurs and even erases the line between pedagogy and political activism
Carolyn Eisenberg is a professor of U.S. foreign policy at Hofstra University. She is a proud socialist and was a featured speaker at the 2004 Socialist Scholars Conference.
As a professor of foreign policy, Eisenberg is in a position to greatly influence her students’ assessments of America’s international engagements. Impugning the U.S. for what she calls its history of “unbridled nationalism and racism,” Eisenberg personally holds in contempt virtually all American foreign policy decisions – and is no less critical of the nation’s domestic policies and its capitalist economic system. The task of imparting these opinions to her students is, for Eisenberg, part of her self-defined mission as an educator.
According to Professor Eisenberg, “American imperialism and militarism are longstanding features of our national identity.” . . . .
* Prominent liberal internationalist
* Headed the U.N.-commissioned Goldstone Report, which found Israel guilty of war crimes
Richard Goldstone was born in 1938 and raised in South Africa. In 1962, he graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA LLB cum laude and practiced as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. In 1976 Goldstone was appointed senior counsel and, in 1980 became Judge of the Transvaal Supreme Court. In 1989 he was appointed Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and eventually became a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 to 2003.
Goldstone’s legal career in South Africa was particularly elevated by his appointment to the Commission of Inquiry Regarding the Prevention of Public Violence and Intimidation, informally known as the Goldstone Commission, which, from 1991 to 1994, investigated the inhumane behavior of white security forces during the apartheid era. During the final years of apartheid, however, Goldstone had upheld repressive laws and did not challenge the system, although he served in a judicial position which gave him the power to do so. His critics charge that only when it became clear that the system was crumbling did Goldstone become a public foe of apartheid.
Immediately following Goldstone's work with this commission, the United Nations appointed him the Chief Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. From 1999 to 2001, he chaired the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo. Among the many honorary doctorates and international awards bestowed upon Goldstone are the International Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association (1994), the Richard E. Neustadt Award from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2007), and the McArthur Foundation Award for International Justice (2008). Since 2004, he has taught as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, NYU Law School, Fordham Law School, and Georgetown Law School.
After Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, a three-week mission into Gaza, in January of 2009, the United Nations commissioned Goldstone to head an investigation into war crimes. The commission was political from the onset: The Organization of the Islamic Conference, a body hostile to Israel, had initiated the fact-finding mission to Gaza and the resulting UN resolution founding the investigative commission as a blow against Israel. Despite the obvious bias of the resolution, Goldstone accepted and quickly attempted to give his commission a façade of fairness. He persuaded the president of the UN Human Rights Council to give an oral statement that the fact-finding mission was also authorized to investigate Hamas, but this declaration was never incorporated into a resolution and had no legal force.
CONTINUEDH. Jack Geiger, MD, MSciHyg, is a founding member and past president of Physicians for Human Rights, a founding member and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a founding member and past president of the Committee for Health in South Africa, and a founding member and national program coordinator of the Medical Committee for Human Rights.
and who are PSR?PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (PSR)
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* Anti-U.S. military, anti-nuclear group founded in 1961
* Lobbied for the banning of the pesticide DDT in late 1960s and early 1970s
* Has 40 local chapters and 50 student chapters in the United States
Based in Washington, DC, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) was founded in 1961 to combat the growing nuclear threat posed by the Cold War. The group's co-founders were Drs. Jack Geiger, Victor Seidel, and Sidney Alexander. PSR's first major undertaking was to document the fact that trace amounts of Strontium 90, a silvery metal that is a by-product of the fission of uranium and plutonium in nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons testing, were present in the teeth of many children. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Strontium 90, if inhaled or ingested, collects in bones and tissue and increases the risks of cancer and leukemia.
PSR's research led to the adoption of the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963, which restricted nuclear testing to underground sites. The organization then expanded its mission to include the study of the effects of nuclear proliferation and the projected consequences of a nuclear war. It also lobbied for nuclear disarmament, sharing the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. This was during the height of the Nuclear Freeze Movement, a Soviet-sponsored initiative that would have frozen Soviet nuclear and military superiority in place.
PSR has opposed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) efforts to develop any type of post-nuclear war emergency plans; the Air Force's Ground Wave Emergency Network (a military communication system intended for use during a nuclear war); American efforts to develop a missile defense system; and the development of nuclear energy facilities for non-military purposes.
PSR opposed President Bill Clinton's plans to reintroduce limited nuclear testing in 1993 and again in 1995, by its own admission employing foreign governments to pressure the U.S. into acceding to PSR's "zero testing" demands. The organization was also one of many signatories to an April 2001 petition (presented to the Chairman of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development, or CSD) expressing the signers' "deepest regret and extreme concern that … this dangerous and unsustainable technology [nuclear energy] might, in effect, be given a fresh start by the actions of the CSD."
Measures supported by PSR include: ratification of the Kyoto Accord; the banning of DDT and other pesticides; and a ban on so-called "cheap guns."
Critical of the American embargo of Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba, PSR has endorsed Project USA/Cuba-InfoMed, which seeks to "increase awareness about health achievements in Cuba and the impact of U.S. policies on the health of the Cuban people," and "to build opposition" to the embargo.
In a 2003 report, Martin Butcher, PSR's lead security analyst, criticized the invasion of Iraq and condemned the notion of America taking unilateral military action at any time. Butcher argued that the U.S. should seek multinational consensus before any military undertaking; ratify the Test Ban Treaty; reduce, with a view to eliminating, its nuclear arsenal; and abandon its first-strike nuclear capability.
PSR's Executive Director is Robert Musil, who also opposed America's 2003 invasion of Iraq. Musil, in collaboration with Butcher, has advocated PSR's Smart Security plan (which calls for a reduction in American defense spending, increases in "humanitarian aid," U.S. endorsement of multilateral agreements as a prerequisite for military action, and the acceptance of the International Criminal Court).
A member of the Win Without War and Abolition 2000 anti-war coalitions, PSR has 40 local chapters and 50 student chapters across the United States, with a combined membership of 24,000.
In addition to its nuclear and environmental concerns, PSR also advocates on behalf of women's unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand. Toward that end, it was a Cosponsoring Organization of the April 25, 2004 "March for Women's Lives" in Washington, DC.Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
06-07-2010, 09:32 PM
They did try different drugs to help in interrogation techniques, cannabis, LSD........nothing proved reliable."What this country needs are more unemployed politicians."
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