Category Archives: Torture

When the War Comes Home

Last week, in response to CBP agents holding three undocumented children hostage in an attempt to get their parents to turn themselves in, this tweet trundled across the transom: I helped write Army interrogator field training after Abu Ghraib. When … Continue reading

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The Moral Degeneration Did Not Begin Three Years Ago

Umair Haque has a very good post about where we stand morally and ethically as a nation–as the kids used to say, read the whole thing. His point about normalization is excellent (boldface mine): The bad guys are winning, my … Continue reading

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Torture Collaborator Lied To Congress

Whocouldnode? From the NY Times (boldface mine): In late November 2002, C.I.A. interrogators at a secret prison in Thailand warned a Qaeda suspect that he had to “suffer the consequences of his deception.” As interrogators splashed water on the chest … Continue reading

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And Now Torture Is Part Of Our Immigration Policy

I’ve been saying since before Il Trumpe was elected that apparatus used to convince millions and millions of Americans that torture is legitimate could and would be repurposed to hurt other people. Well, according to the AP, now torture is … Continue reading

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Once We Normalized Torture, This Was To Be Expected

Reprisals against civilian populations and the use of torture are crimes in which we are all involved. The fact that such things could take place among us is a humiliation we must henceforth face. Meanwhile, we must at least refuse … Continue reading

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You Can Always Count On Republicans Being Worse: The Torturer Edition

Reprisals against civilian populations and the use of torture are crimes in which we are all involved. The fact that such things could take place among us is a humiliation we must henceforth face. Meanwhile, we must at least refuse … Continue reading

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The Wages Of Torture And The Triumph Of Nihilism: The Roy Moore Edition

After the revelations that Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate and long-time moral scold Roy Moore initiated inappropriate “sexual encounters” with four teenage girls while he was an assistant district attorney, including one fourteen year-old who was there for a custody … Continue reading

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