Writing in the online journal PLoS Medicine, Physicians for Human Rights senior medical adviser Vincent Iacopino and retired Brig.
"There was no mention of any cause for these injuries," Iacopino
, however, have served as medical experts for defense lawyers at Guantanamo.
That's given them unique, privileged access to detainee medical records, which form the basis of their assessment. (They don't substantiate the allegation of forcible injections.)
is dismayed by what he's
The great majority of the medical lassitude he
witnessed occurred between 2002 and 2006.
says, "the implications of this conduct, including the fact that the medics did not identify it, still has an effect on what happens there."
In some cases, medical treatment appeared to be conditionally administered.
"Several detainees indicated that access to medical care was linked to cooperation with the interrogators," Iacopino
In one case, medical personnel certified a detainee as fit to continue being interrogated "after several periods of unconsciousness."
Neither the Pentagon nor Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, which oversees detention operations at the base, have seen Iacopino
and Xenakis' article. (See update below.) But Maj.
Update: Now that the Defense Department has seen Iacopino
and Xenakis' article, Bradsher emails the following response: