This was what on Army doctor called “pharmacologic waterboarding.”
Our troops in Aghanistan have also had the mefloquine experience, as Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye report below.
Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to “Pharmacologic Waterboarding”
by Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye, t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report
The Defense Department forced all “war on terror” detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison to take a high dosage of a controversial antimalarial drug, mefloquine, an act that an Army public health physician called “pharmacologic waterboarding.”
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.