The harm initiative: How we got hoodwinked into tolerating abusive interrogations

Slate
by Dahlia Lithwick

02/21/08

An investigation is currently underway to determine who authorized the destruction of those CIA interrogation tapes. But as Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced this month, there will be no investigation into the water-boarding depicted in the tapes, because it’s not illegal, or it wasn’t at the time of the interrogations. Our views on water-boarding seem to be on the same trajectory as our views on sexual humiliation and stress positions — it looked sort of awful at first, but after a few months it seemed more like a fraternity prank. That’s the road we’re headed down with water-boarding. We’ve gone from banning it to trivializing it to justifying it. We are becoming inured to torture at approximately the same rate that it’s becoming legal. How convenient. Last week, a team of faculty and students from Seton Hall Law School — the folks who’ve worked tirelessly for years to document the government’s best evidence against the Guantanamo prisoners — released a new report suggesting that the government has recorded all of the interrogations at Guantanamo...

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