Why Did U.S. Healthcare Professionals Become Involved in Torture During the War on Terror?
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- Balfe, M. Bioethical Inquiry (2016) 13: 449. doi:10.1007/s11673-016-9729-x
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This article examines why U.S. healthcare professionals became involved in “enhanced interrogation,” or torture, during the War on Terror. A number of factors are identified including a desire on the part of these professionals to defend their country and fellow citizens from future attack; having their activities approved and authorized by legitimate command structures; financial incentives; and wanting to prevent serious harm from occurring to prisoners/detainees. The factors outlined here suggest that psychosocial factors can influence health professionals’ ethical decision-making.