When Steve Miles saw the pictures from Abu Ghraib, his first thought was to wonder how the hell the medics in the system had let it happen. "The immediate question was, why haven't the docs blown the whistle?" he remembers now. "Docs are in every prison, and so in essence they are the frontline human rights monitors. They are there when the Red Cross isn't. They are in places where the Red Cross never gets to go. They should be performing that role, and in fact they are mandated to play that role by their professional ethics." Miles began collecting all the available medical records of prisoners who had died in U.S. custody, discovering along the way, he says, that "about 50 percent of people who have been tortured report that... More >>>
By Craig Lassig
Dr. Steve Miles's inquiry into military medical records started with a 2004 article in 'The Lancet'