New Yorker‘s Atul Gawande Condemns CIA Doctors Who ‘Made Torture Possible’


The New Yorker’s Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon and a prominent health reporter, angrily took the medical professionals of the CIA to task for enabling years of torture.

“The torture could not proceed w/o medical supervision,” he tweeted. “The medical profession was deeply embedded in this inhumanity.”

Buried in the CIA torture report is the revelation that the agency paid two psychologists, neither of them having any expertise in interrogation, terrorism, or any other relevant subjects, $81 million to run their enhanced interrogation programs. The report also details numerous instances of doctors and psychologists assisting in interrogations, forced feedings, and mental torture.

“The worst for me is to see the details of how doctors, psychologists, and others sworn to aid human beings made the torture possible,” he added.

Gawande, who began reporting on medical issues as a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1998, is also an endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a professor at both the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.

The entire statement is below:

[h/t Al-Jazeera]

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