- More on the Tripoli Six from Effect Measure, with a brief survey of the science blog reaction. Here's a link to a documentary about the situation, with a movie trailer. And here's the wikipedia link.
From Effect Measure:
This is not just a human rights story, although if it were "just" that it would have a major claim on our interests and our hearts. But it is also a science story: how scientific evidence, presented by one of the world's leading HIV scientists, was rejected out of hand, the only exculpating evidence possible in favor of these five nurses and a doctor. The goal, now, is to push -- and push hard -- for an independent scientific panel to review the genetic evidence that the discoverer of HIV, Luc Montagnier, indicates shows these aid workers were not responsible for infecting Libyan children with the virus.
How do we "push, and push hard"?
Our ScienceBlogger sibling, Mike Dunford at The Questionable Authority has taken a leadership position for the science blogger community. He has some important concrete suggestions and tools.
Flollow the links for concrete ideas. Speaking of torture, from the wikipedia link:
Based on confessions (allegedly obtained by torture), the court convicted the six of causing an HIV epidemic among hundreds of children in a Benghazi hospital and sentenced them all to death by firing squad. However, as a result of an appeal by the Benghazi Six, their death sentences were quashed by Libya's Supreme Court and a re-trial ordered.
What's confession by torture worth? Not much.