Nazi, ISO, CIA


Margaret McCartney writes in the BMJ of the CIA’s  interrogation programme at Guantanamo Bay.  It was personalised medicine in the department of torture.

Most doctors who are complicit in torture are much like everyone else, I suspect—neither amoral nor evil. But military command structures can result in situations where ordinary people can readily engage in atrocities. This does not mean that individuals should not be held to account; but it does mean that the structures doctors work in should be scrutinised for their abilities to do harm through their existence.

When we find unethical practice, the question is not just how to train ourselves to speak out, challenge our superiors, and willingly make ourselves “difficult” or unpopular, but how we can encourage and cherish this behaviour“.

Let us remember the military origins of the ISO’s command and control programmes for the management of human action.  Bad systems make decent people do bad things.  (And do good things badly.)

All There is to Know About Adolph Eichmann
Leonard Cohen

EYES:……………………………………Medium
HAIR:……………………………………Medium
WEIGHT:………………………………Medium
HEIGHT:………………………………Medium
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES…None
NUMBER OF FINGERS:………..Ten
NUMBER OF TOES………………Ten
INTELLIGENCE…………………….Medium

What did you expect?

Talons?

Oversize incisors?

Green saliva?

Madness?

What about your place in the system of accreditation?

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