Torture Is Not an Abstraction: It Was American Policy

Dark Prison

Aljazeera’s “Fault Lines” often takes us places we normally wish to avoid. For example, their recent account of the shockingly high suicide rate among firemen and women revealed the extent of psychological discomfort associated with the images patrolling the minds of those who provide public fire protection services

Now that the leading Republican candidate for President has spoken  multiple times about the need to torture again in the name of American safety, “Fault Lines” reporting about the CIA Dark Prison could not be more timely. Listening to the victims’ descriptions of the imaginative torture the CIA deployed with official sanction provides a visual peek into human barbarity. Using the most pro-American perspective possible, is it ethical and/or efficient to respond to the barbarity of a group with barbarity toward those who just might be associated with that group?

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