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Doctors abetted torture

Beyond the arguments over whether Bush administration lawyers should be held accountable for their tortuous arguments justifying torture, what about the medical professionals who designed and signed off on the interrogation techniques? "Doctors and psychologists might have been able to prevent this whole shameful episode by refusing to participate," writes the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson. "Instead, professionals who were trained in the healing arts used their experience and skill in a way that facilitated harm. They played a vital role in enabling torture. I like to believe that some psychologists and physicians took a stand and said no. As for those who said yes, the law should hold them accountable — just as conscience, one hopes, is already doing."