Monday, June 14, 2010

Health Care Now will be at the US Social Forum in Detroit June 22-26

Are you planning to attend the US Social Forum in Detroit from June 22nd to 26th? If so, we hope you will join Healthcare-NOW! Go here to see our schedule for the Forum.

On Thursday, June 24th, 10am-12pm we will be leading a workshop, titled "Single- Payer Healthcare, the Solution to the Health Care Crisis."

On Friday, June 25th, 1:00pm-5:30pm we will be leading a People's Movement Assembly, titled "What the Health Happened and How Do We Get the Health Care We Need?"

Also, Healthcare-NOW! will have an information table set up throughout the Forum and we need volunteers. Our table is at Cobo Hall Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-9pm. We need volunteers to staff the table in 1-2 hour shifts each day. In addition, we will collect 1,000 post cards in support of HR 676 with your help. To volunteer at our table please email us at info@healthcare-now.org.

There are other events on the right to healthcare and single-payer at the Forum. See all the workshops and events we'll be involved in here.

For Improved Medicare for All,
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff

COMPLAINT TO OFFICE OF HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTIONS REGARDING EVIDENCE OF CIA VIOLATIONS OF COMMON RULE

Director of Compliance and Oversight Division Kristina Borror
1101 Wootton Parkway
Suite 200,
Rockville, MD 20852

Dear Director of Compliance and Oversight Division Borror,

COMPLAINT TO OFFICE OF HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTIONS REGARDING
EVIDENCE OF CIA VIOLATIONS OF COMMON RULE

Recent reports by Physicians for Human Rights and a paper by
Renée Llanusa-Cestero in "Accountability in Research" raise
concerns that the CIA's Office of Medical Services (OMS)
conducted research and experimentation on detainees in US
custody and, in the process, likely violated federal regulations
governing human subject research carried out by United States
Government entities. These regulations are known as The Common
Rule (45 CFR 46). The CIA is one of seventeen federal agencies
required by law to adhere to The Common Rule when conducting
federally funded research on human beings.

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) should initiate
immediately an official investigation into experimentation by
the CIA on detainees in its custody based upon the following
evidence of wrongdoing detailed in declassified government
documents:

(1) The collection by OMS health professionals of data from
detainees in order to derive generalizable knowledge of the
effects on detainee subjects of "enhanced interrogation"
techniques. These techniques, which have serious potential to
cause harm, included sleep deprivation, waterboarding, sensory
deprivation and overload. It appears that data also was
collected on the impact of techniques both when used
individually and when applied in combination;

(2) The collection of data from detainees subjected to the
technique of the waterboard in order to develop new methods and
procedures for its application, including the experimental use
of potable saline in place of water to reduce the risk of
hyponatremia;

(3) The CIA's apparent failure to comply with The Common Rule's
regulations (a) requiring all human research subjects to provide
informed consent, (b) assuring that subjects of research have
the right and ability to stop their participation in the
research at any time, and (c) requiring the conduct of prior
review of the proposed human subject research by an
Institutional Review Board.

We request the OHRP to conduct a For-Cause Compliance Oversight
Evaluation of the CIA OMS for research targeting detainee
subjects.

If the OHRP concludes that OMS research on detainees subjected
to "enhanced interrogation" techniques commonly viewed as
torture violated The Common Rule and internationally accepted
standards of health professional ethics, the CIA must be
immediately sanctioned by the Department of Health and Human
Services. Any personnel found to have violated the law should be
referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution.
Professionals determined to be in violation of their ethically
mandated responsibilities should be referred to state licensing
bodies and professional associations for appropriate
professional sanctions.


**The following information will be added to the list of
compainants:
Janet Parker DVM
P.O. Box C
Lawrence, KS 66044