The CIA Inspector General’s report was released yesterday (due to the efforts of excellent groups like the ACLU), so if you’re looking for a deeply depressing read this morning, there’s over 150 pages of horrors. One of the parts that really makes me shiver is where the interrogator threatens to rape the detainee’s mother and female relatives, and kill his children. Many of these prisoners are, in fact, innocent–although it seems our torture techniques are expressing suited to creating enemies and encouraging violence.
I particularly like Glenn Greenwald’s commentary on Salon over what it says that Americans aren’t expressing intense outrage at the U.S.’s cruel and inhumane punishment:
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.