Red Cross access
In March a confidential report by the International Committee of the Red Cross was revealed that found that “high value” detainees held in CIA secret prisons had been subjected to torture.
Last month, Physicians for Human Rights reported that the CIA employed medical personnel to monitor the harsh treatment of these prisoners and to keep detailed medical records. The doctors’ participation facilitated the CIA’s refinement of methods for inflicting pain while it also provided dubious cover against the prosecution of interrogators.
The U.S. government did not give the Red Cross access to the relevant detainees until 2006, four years after some of them were captured and apparently tortured. In order to stem such abuses in the future, the Friends Meeting of Austin joins the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in calling for immediate federal legislation that permanently guarantees the Red Cross access to all detainees. WalTer long