(1) The fact that we are not really bothered any more by taking helpless detainees in our custody and (a) threatening to blow their brains out, torture them with drills, rape their mothers, and murder their children; (b) choking them until they pass out; (c) pouring water down their throats to drown them; (d) hanging them by their arms until their shoulders are dislocated; (e) blowing smoke in their face until they vomit; (f) putting them in diapers, dousing them with cold water, and leaving them on a concrete floor to induce hypothermia; and (g) beating them with the butt of a rifle — all things that we have always condemend as "torture" and which our laws explicitly criminalize as felonies ("torture means. . . the threat of imminent death; or the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering . . .") — reveals better than all the words in the world could how degraded, barbaric and depraved a society becomes when it lifts the taboo on torturing captives.

(2) As I wrote rather clearly, numerous detainees died in U.S. custody, often as a direct result of our "interrogation methods." Those who doubt that can read the details here and here. Those claiming there was no physical harm are simply lying — death qualifies as "physical harm" — and those who oppose prosecutions are advocating that the people responsible literally be allowed to get away with murder.

Source: What every American should be made to learn about the IG Torture Report, by Glenn Greenwald. Salon.com. August 24, 2009.

I must say that Glenn goes after them there; but as he knows and has reported many times before, the recent report is only part of what went on throughout the whole military/intelligence/freelance so-called community. Glenn knows that those rendered to foreigners also suffered hugely, and that dead men who vanished can't tell us now what tortures they endured before dying. He also knows that Abu Ghraib was no aberration but rather a statement about the systemic sickness to which America has sunk and turns a blind eye to the utter infamy of its name in history. The only reason why his most recent post doesn't address everything in detail is because there is just too much for any one post. The recent war crimes of the U.S. will fill volumes. Americans are in denial about it.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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