“Broken Laws, Broken Lives”: New Physicians’ Report

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Physicians for Human Rights has released a new report that examines the medical evidence that it says confirms the “first-hand accounts of men who endured torture by US personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay. These men were never charged with any crime.”

From the report’s preface, written by retired US Maj. General Antonio M. Taguba, one of the whistleblowers on abuse at Abu Ghraib:

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. The only question is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.

Seymour Hersh profiled Taguba in the New Yorker here.

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