Today I have been reading this report, Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the “Enhanced” Interrogation Program, about medical experimentations that occurred during the “enhanced” interrogation of detainees during the Bush administration. Of course, there are rules, laws, and codes against doing research on persons without consent, as this New York Times Article points out:
The report is the first analysis of the C.I.A.’s interrogation program to argue that one of the unintended consequences of the Bush administration’s efforts to provide legal cover for officials involved in the program was to place medical professionals in legal and ethical jeopardy. There are both international and national limits on human research and experimentation, including those based on the post-World War II Nuremberg Code and the so-called American Common Rule, both of which ban human experimentation without informed consent.
But rules, codes, and laws about what you cannot do to persons seem ineffective when you do not see the human in front of you as human.
I want to say something more about the report, but for the moment I am at a loss for words.