Lt. Gen. 'Cover-Up' Kiley

Art Levine is a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly, and a fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute. He has also written for Mother Jones, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon and numerous other publications.

Kiley: We did not find any indication of that in our assessment. The interrogators and the BSCT team members have a firewall -- if we can use that term -- between them and medical records. And in our assessments with the BSCT team members, we found no evidence that we were -- that there was a passing of clinical information that would be used in a detrimental way to torture.

In Alfred McCoy's "A Question of Torture," McCoy notes that a July 2005 survey of detainee medical care found the BSCT teams lacked clear guidelines, and "recommended the Army stop using psychiatrists and physicians to assist in interrogation." McCoy's narrative continues (p. 184):

Rejecting these recommendations … Lieutenant General Kevin C. Kiley, the Army's surgeon general, said they found, "no evidence of systemic problems in detainee medical care," praised the military's worldwide treatment for detainees, and deferred assessment of the BSCT teams to "more studies." In defense of his position that the role of these behavioral teams is "safe, legal and ethical," Kiley cited the APA task force report , noting that it reminded members to maintain "an ethical view of their duties. But it doesn't prohibit them from assisting in interrogations."

Thus do APA internal documents and resolutions make themselves into the very heart of Pentagon policymaking.

The bureaucratic cover-ups and flat-out lying by Kiley have been emblematic of the U.S. government's response to those victimized by the Bush administration's so-called War on Terror. That includes our wounded, brave soldiers, suffering with traumatic brain injury, mental illness and amputations, who come home to be neglected as outpatients at Walter Reed and the VA -- and the detainees swept up to be tortured at Gitmo.

Art Levine is a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly, and a fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute. He has also written for Mother Jones, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon and numerous other publications.

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