Doctors and other medical professionals traditionally take the Hippocratic Oath, swearing to practice medicine honestly, but medics in American military prisons have been aiding the practice of torture.
Abuse and torture is a fact of life in some military prisons in the US, notably the infamous Gitmo or Guantanamo Bay. There the prisoners have no chance of justice. They are held without trial for as long as the authorities want.
A two-year independent study was carried out by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations. The US authorities have denied all allegations.
The report claims that the roles of medics were changed in order to facilitate their help in abuse and torture. Traditional ethics and standards were either altered or abandoned in order to enable members of the medical profession in the military to be part of the abuse.
Water-boarding, with or without the help of medical professionals, is currently banned; however force-feeding continues at the hands of medics.
There are now calls for the US Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate the allegations.
BBC News reports: "The CIA and the Pentagon rejected the report's findings. CIA public affairs chief Dean Boyd said the report "contains serious inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions". "It's important to underscore that the CIA does not have any detainees in its custody and President [Barack] Obama terminated the Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program by executive order in 2009," he said."
That statement may help the individual, the US President and others sleep easy at night but it does nothing for the victims of the abuse and torture.
The authorities claim that the report is full of inaccuracies but they have yet to convince the world that torture and abuse is not a feature of US military prisons.
The BBC news report continues: "Pentagon spokesman Todd Breasseale said that none of the critics of prisoner care had access to the detainees, their medical records, or the procedures at Guantanamo. He described the doctors and nurses working at Guantanamo as "consummate professionals". Mr Breasseale said they routinely provided "not only better medical care than any of these detainees have ever known, but care on par with the very best of the global medical profession"."
So in that case the US authorities have nothing to fear from releasing medical records of detainees, do they?
If medics pick the shattered pieces of individuals following torture surely they are complicit to the abuse? Opinion: Following events on September 11, 2001, the US was out for revenge. In searching for the perpetrators of the Twin Towers attacks the US abandoned ethics in many cases. The US government declared that it wanted to make the US a safer place but instead it has helped breed a new generation of terrorists with hate in their hearts.
As for US officials who claim that military prison detainees get better medical treatment than they have ever known we can only draw one or two conclusions. Either medical treatment of civilians in the US is truly appalling or we smell more BS in the air.