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Torture is now solidly installed in America’s repressive arsenal, not in the shadows where it has always lurked, but up front and central, vigorously applauded by prominent politicians. Rituals of coercion and humiliation seep through the culture, to the extent that before Christmas American travelers began to rebel at the invasive pat-down searches, conducted by... Read More
Rancid from Top to Bottom Green Lights for Torture
So there were WMDs in Iraq after all. They're called digital cameras. Partly because of them the US faces one of the most humiliating defeats in imperial history. But there's also a clear paper trail. Not just the long and copiously documented record of US torture, with many of its refinements acquired by the CIA... Read More
Torture as Normalcy As American as Apple Pie
Torture's back in the news, courtesy of those lurid pictures of exultant Americans laughing as they torture their Iraqi captives in Abu Ghraib prison run by the US military outside Baghdad. Apparently it takes electrodes and naked bodies piled in a simulated orgy to tickle America's moral nerve ends. Kids maimed by cluster bombs just... Read More
Open the November 5 edition of Newsweek and here's Jonathan Alter, munching coyly on the week's hot topic, namely the propriety of the FBI torturing obdurate September 11 suspects in the Bureau's custody here in the United States. Alter says no to cattleprods, but continues the sentence with the observation that something is needed to... Read More
Thus began a piece by Walter Pincus on page 6 of The Washington Post on Sunday, and if you suspect that this is the overture to an argument for torture, you are right. The FBI interrogators have been getting nowhere with the four key suspects, held in New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center. None of these... Read More
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