Posted by Brad @ 7:22 pm on August 24th 2009

Looking Back…

The much-less-redacted version of the 2004 Inspector General’s report on torture was released today (thank you, ACLU, for doing God’s work, or more accurately, the work no political interest will do), and the revelations continue to dogpile, to the exent that I don’t have the time to do a proper roundup. Among the revelations, mock executions, threatening the families and children of detainees with death, and torture to an extent well beyond even the ridiculous non-standards imposed by Yoo et al.

A couple of places to start are at the Washington Independent and Firedoglake. I know you’re not supposed to say such things, but this shit really makes me ashamed to be an American.


  1. I’ll say it with you. This shit makes me ashamed of my country.

    Comment by Mortexai — 8/24/2009 @ 8:20 pm

  2. For this to make me ashamed to be an American, it would have to outweigh the good done by my country and its citizens. It doesn’t.

    What it DOES require of us is that we rethink our exceptionalism and mobilize to shut these practices down, and prevent them from recurring. Very few societies have been able to turn around once they’ve started down this path; it says something about America that we have it in us to do so. But that potential needs to start being fulfilled. Stat.

    And part of doing so is being ashamed. Not of America, necessarily, but certainly that Americans were responsible for these acts, and that other Americans continue to cheer them on.

    The idea of America cannot be surrendered to those who consider the willingness to torture to be a badge of national honor. On this there can be no accomodation or compromise.

    Comment by Rojas — 8/25/2009 @ 12:01 am

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