Did The U.S. Conduct “Pharmacological Torture” At Guantanamo?

194940355_ad9685afacTruthout claims that the military forced prisoners in Guantanamo Bay to take dangerously large doses of a controversial anti-malarial drug, as a form of “pharmaceutical waterboarding.” Was this a medical error? Being overcautious in regards to a potential malaria outbreak? Or the use of drugs as a tool for torture?

The US military administered the drug despite Pentagon knowledge that mefloquine caused severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and anxiety. The drug was used on the prisoners whether they had malaria or not.

The revelation, which has not been previously reported, was buried in documents publicly released by the Defense Department (DoD) two years ago as part of the government’s investigation into the June 2006 deaths of three Guantanamo detainees.

Army Staff Sgt. Joe Hickman, who was stationed at Guantanamo at the time of the suicides in 2006, and has presented evidence that demonstrates the three detainees could not have died by hanging themselves, noticed in the detainees’ medical files that they were given mefloquine. Hickman has been investigating the circumstances behind the detainees’ deaths for nearly four years.

Interviews conducted over the past two months with tropical disease experts and a review of Defense Department documents and peer-reviewed journals show there were no preexisting cases where mefloquine was ever prescribed for mass presumptive treatment of malaria.

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  • Andrew

    We know everyone in Guantanamo is guilty because the U.S. military says they’re guilty and the U.S. military is divinely omniscient.

  • Andrew

    We know everyone in Guantanamo is guilty because the U.S. military says they’re guilty and the U.S. military is divinely omniscient.

  • Hadrian999

    awesome idea guys, take people you claim are terrorist badasses and give them large doses of the crazy pill

  • Hadrian999

    awesome idea guys, take people you claim are terrorist badasses and give them large doses of the crazy pill

  • Haystack

    It’s true that some “enhanced medical care” may have taken place, but we assure you that it fell well within the terms of the Geneva Convention.

  • Haystack

    It’s true that some “enhanced medical care” may have taken place, but we assure you that it fell well within the terms of the Geneva Convention.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Compared to Dr. Mengele-style medical abuse, old fashioned waterboarding looks downright sane.

    • Hadrian999

      yeah giving people you are going to interrogate a drug that has been linked to memory loss seems like a bad choice

      • DeepCough

        Believe it or not, but this very thing is going on in mental health facilities all over the country.

        • Hadrian999

          there isn’t much I wouldn’t believe about mental health care in this country

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Compared to Dr. Mengele-style medical abuse, old fashioned waterboarding looks downright sane.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Compared to Dr. Mengele-style medical abuse, old fashioned waterboarding looks downright sane.

  • Hadrian999

    yeah giving people you are going to interrogate a drug that has been linked to memory loss seems like a bad choice

  • DeepCough

    Believe it or not, but this very thing is going on in mental health facilities all over the country.

  • KG

    All I ever think about when I hear about Guantanamo is Alias. They aren’t stupid. They know exactly what they’re doing.

    “You don’t want to talk? See this needle here? Let me tell you a little about the side effects…”
    CUT TO: EXT. INTERROGATION ROOM

    Screams can be heard.

  • http://worldwithinsight.com/ Kyle Greggory

    All I ever think about when I hear about Guantanamo is Alias. They aren’t stupid. They know exactly what they’re doing.

    “You don’t want to talk? See this needle here? Let me tell you a little about the side effects…”
    CUT TO: EXT. INTERROGATION ROOM

    Screams can be heard.

  • http://worldwithinsight.com/ Kyle Greggory

    All I ever think about when I hear about Guantanamo is Alias. They aren’t stupid. They know exactly what they’re doing.

    “You don’t want to talk? See this needle here? Let me tell you a little about the side effects…”
    CUT TO: EXT. INTERROGATION ROOM

    Screams can be heard.

  • Hadrian999

    there isn’t much I wouldn’t believe about mental health care in this country