Pay No Attention to the Man Holding Jumper Cables


Right on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court Guantanamo Bay case, Physicians for Human Rights released a study today documenting torture by U.S. forces:

In a 121-page report, the doctors' group said that it uncovered medical evidence of torture, including beatings, electric shock, sleep deprivation, sexual humiliation, sodomy and scores of other abuses.

The group's expectations, however, are a little tame in light of its findings:

Based on its investigation, the report calls on the U.S. government to issue a formal apology to detainees subject to torture and ill treatment by the military since fall 2001 in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere.

Physicians for Human Rights is also calling for the Bush Administration to "Repudiate all forms of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment." Three cheers for toothless resolutions!

Contributing Editor Cathy Young on the logic of torture here.