In today’s Washington Post, Navy Cmdr. J.D. Gordon responded to Broken Laws, Broken Lives on behalf of the Pentagon.

A Pentagon spokesman yesterday criticized the report, saying its authors had drawn “sweeping conclusions based upon dubious allegations” of former detainees who had been out of U.S. custody for years.

“The quality of medical care we provide detainees is similar to that which our troops serving in the same locations receive,” said the spokesman, Navy Cmdr. J.D. Gordon. “We have robust psychological and mental health care available to detainees.”

PHR CEO Frank Donaghue has responded in turn to Navy Cmndr. J.D. Gordon:

PHR’s research was conducted by some of the world’s leading experts on evaluating and documenting torture claims, according to rigorous and internationally accepted clinical standards. In response to PHR’s medical evidence of torture and war crimes, the Pentagon today strangely responded by defending its current standards of medical care. We’re not aware of any international medical standards that include sleep deprivation and isolation, which the US Army Field Manual still authorizes. The Pentagon has not yet responded to the new medical evidence of past crimes, including periodic beatings, sodomy, and electric shocks.

When PHR released Broken Laws, Broken Lives, Frank Donaghue recorded this video suggesting that the US government make a different kind of response to the evidence presented in the new PHR report.

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Comment by WellAware
2008-06-20 07:14:03

I am pleased to be the first to comment, and much relieved that such a report has FINALLY come forward from a group of physicians. The length of time it has taken is disheartening but we must go forward from now. House of cards seems to be falling, but there are ALOT of cards IN this house of cards, many of which physicians still almost to the person will not acknowledge…
As a former nurse, and a 30 year professional corrective bodyworker doing neuromuscular therapy, I am particularly affected by the information that has been available from a variety of sources about the extraordinary physical and psychological abuses of torture that have been authorized and done IN OUR NAME and with our money and primarily through our young people. The magnitude of the ripple effects of this will only be comprehended by a few, and highly skilled bodyworkers will be some of those people who may be able to help in the healing of these unfortunate victims of hellacious consequences…

 
Comment by Justice
2008-06-23 10:50:03

I wholeheartedly agree with the person who posted first.

There are a lot of cards in this house… still, it must and WILL come down.

Also, the fact that hardly anyone ever comments whenever hard evidence for torture by US personnel turns up is both a disgrace for the American people, and expectable.

The flow of information must be more evenly distributed, so that when the war criminals finally go on trial, and serve time, nobody will be able to avert their gaze as easily anymore.

War crimes were, and still are being, committed. And there’s a lot of people turning their heads now, saying it isn’t happening. Those will be the same people who will say “I didn’t know,” or more honestly, “I didn’t want to know,” when the house of lies comes down.

 
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