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Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 27 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1040

American doctors can be trusted not to practise torture

  1. Patrick Connor (, gastroenterology fellow
  1. Medical University of South Carolina, Digestive Diseases Center, Charleston, SC 29425, USA
  2. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Poissy-Saint Germain Hospital, 78105, Saint Germain en Laye Cedex, France

    EDITOR—How patronising of Marshall to imagine that he knows what is happening in Guantanamo Bay.1 His letter is merely an excuse for espousing his view that American officials are torturing their prisoners.

    The American authorities have allowed the International Committee of the Red Cross and other bodies, as well as the British government, to have access to the prisoners. Indeed, it is my understanding (through the media here in the United States) that the Red Cross has already made recommendations to the American government, which are being acted on while its full report is awaited. I do not think that the government is trying to hide the prisoners' treatment in any way.

    Forrest attempts to manipulate …

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