Scott Horton Interviews Nathaniel Raymond
Nathaniel Raymond, Director of the Campaign Against Torture at Physicians for Human Rights, discusses his organization’s investigation into the alleged massacre of Taliban prisoners in 2001, suspected war criminal Abdul Rashid Dostum’s connections with the CIA and Hamid Karzai’s government that shield him from accountability, three US government investigations into the alleged massacre that were impeded by Bush officials and why Obama needs to be pressured into hastening the massacre study he initiated.
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Nathaniel Raymond is the Director of the Campaign Against Torture at Physicians for Human Rights. He currently leads PHR’s inquiry into the alleged 2001 Dasht-e-Leili massacre in northern Afghanistan and worked with the PHR team that discovered the mass grave site in 2002. Raymond has coordinated PHR’s work with investigative reporters probing the Dasht-e-Leili case and led the analysis of once-secret documents that PHR’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit forced the government to divulge. He has interviewed former senior Bush administration officials about the Dasht-e-Leili case and has coordinated the collection of data and analysis from experts on international law, satellite imagery, and military affairs.
Raymond helped write the 2008 report, Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by US Personnel and Its Impact. This report contains the first comprehensive, independent medical evaluations of former detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan. The preface to the report was written by Major General Antonio Taguba (US Army—Retired).
Since 2006, Raymond has been PHR’s lead investigator of the role of health professionals—particularly psychologists—in the design, supervision and implementation of the Bush Administration’s regime of physical and psychological torture of detainees in US custody.
Raymond has served overseas with Oxfam America in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. In 2005, he was one of the coordinators of the Oxfam International response to the tsunami in South Asia and also worked on the ground in Mississippi as part of Oxfam’s response to Katrina. He has published several articles on international law and mass atrocities, and contributed to the NPR programs The Connection, The Story, and This American Life.