Military Detainees and Physician Ethics

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Military Detainees and Physician Ethics

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Denise Haynes
Medical Law and Ethics

November 11, 2013

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Medical Law and Ethics
Military Detainees and Physician Ethics

The article I have chosen for this paper is entitled “U.S. Military Doctors Abetted Prisoner Abuse, Study Says” and comes from the November 4, 2013 edition of the Chicago Tribune. This article caught my attention because it deals with the events that happened September 11, 2001 and medical ethics both. Both of these issues hit close to home for me and are very important issues. This article talks of the detainees who were unethically and immorally abused during interrogations over the past dozen years relating to the events of September 11, 2001 in New York. These interrogations are stated to have taken place in Afghanistan, Iraq, at secret CIA prisons, and Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base. According to the study, doctors just stood by while the abusive interrogations took place. In some instances the doctors would intervene, but why or how often is not mentioned. I do believe there were some respect issues where this abuse is concerned. The doctors may have been made to feel like if they did not do as they were told they would lose respect among peers. They may have also been doing this for self-preservation, but it still does not justify condoning or aiding in the abuse of others. Their only real alternative was to let the abuse continue by turning a blind eye. Abuse should not be happening in any circumstance, to animal or human, whether it be mental or physical. The…...

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