Tuesday Nov 05, 201310:56 PM GMT
US seeks to ‘cover up’ torture and prisoner abuse
As a new independent report sheds more light on mistreatment of inmates at prisons run by the Pentagon and CIA, Washington is trying to keep the widespread abuse a secret, an activist says.

“No one is being held responsible because they will try to cover it up, but it’s important for us to expose that,” Darnell Stephen Summers, a Vietnam War veteran, told Press TV on Tuesday.

A report released by the Taskforce on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers, shows that doctors and nurses who worked under US military orders were complicit in torture and abuse of detainees at prisons run by the Pentagon and CIA.

“This situation has existed in the United States for over a hundred years and it seems it will continue,” Stephen stated.

“The history speaks for itself, they’ve done it before, they’re doing it now, and if they are not stopped they’ll, in all likelihood, do it again,” he added.

He noted people who have been imprisoned to US secret prisons as well as Guantanamo detention facility “have stated categorically that they were mistreated and tortured and doctors were present.”

According to the report, healthcare personnel tasked with monitoring the health of prisoners helped design, and participated in “torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of the detainees.

The study said the Defense Department and the CIA “collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees in US custody.”

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