(NEWSER– The doctor's ethical directive, "first do no harm," would seem to not-so-subtly indicate that medical professionals not engage in torture ... but an independent taskforce finds that the CIA and the Pentagon asked doctors and psychologists working at US detention facilities (including Guantanamo Bay) to do just that. The two-year investigation by the Taskforce on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers found that after the September 11 attacks, medical professionals working for the US military and intelligence services were basically told the ethical mandate did not apply since they weren't actually treating sick patients. The Defense Department went so far as to refer to them as "safety officers," not doctors, the Guardian reports.

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