Do Americans and the world need yet another reminder that the United States is a leading practitioner of torture?
The officials responsible for maintaining the fiction could not have anticipated that a former agency officer who knew the truth would ever speak out publicly and destroy what had appeared to be a successful cover-up
It is the compassionate imagination that we now desperately need at this dire moment of revelation, so that none of us will ever dare to justify, out of fear or out of expedience, cruelty that is inflicted upon our fellow humans
“We are [not so] awesome” after all
Along with everything else we know about these men who still defend their criminality, why isn’t that enough for probable cause and a criminal indictment?
Even after many years of writing books and articles about the Bush torture policy, I was unprepared for the atrocious pattern of crimes our government committed against other human beings
The Senate Report on CIA torture will not result in any resignations, let alone prosecutions or trials
As the first global region to feel the imperial presence and fury of the United States and to see US power embedded in its own social and political life, Latin America logically leads the world in rejecting US power
The report emphasizes the ineffectiveness of torture while circumventing the ethical or political considerations of the issue
America has made such a banality out of hypocrisy that there is no longer any irony: only naïveté for having expected something different