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Capitol Health Call
April 8, 2009

Interrogation and Detention

JAMA. 2009;301(14):1427. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.450

The establishment of a nonpartisan “commission of inquiry” to investigate the Bush administration's interrogation and detention policies in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001, would afford some members of the medical profession an opportunity to explain their role in what others are calling the torture of prisoners, said Physicians for Human Rights.

At a March 4 hearing, Sen Patrick J. Leahy (D, Vt), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called for the creation of a commission to shed light on the mistakes made by the government that allowed the administration to authorize torture and cruel treatment and to ensure that it does not happen again.

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