Remember back when detainee abuse could be blamed on a few white trash hicks? We’ve come a long way since then. After torture memos and a high-level meeting on the subject that was attended by almost every major figure in the Bush administration came to light, it’s come to this: A CIA lawyer flew down to Gitmo in 2002 and briefed them on torture. (or if you prefer, “harsh interrogation.) He told them, “If the detainee dies, You’re doing it wrong.”
That’s it. If the heart stops, if the body starts decomposing, you probably messed up. Grab another and try again–until you get it right. Until you figure out how to get them talking without killing them.
Monday: Ralph Nader