Monday, May 03, 2004

Taking the gloves off

Kurt Nimmo brings up an important aspect of the Iraq torture story that isn't getting much attention. Namely, the "unleashing" of the CIA in the wake of 9/11.

Events like those at Abu Ghraib are not aberrations, as I noted a few days ago. They are what one should expect with a political culture in the US that cried out for revenge, and which featured the intellectual gymnastics of people like Alan Dershowitz, who bent over backwards to legitimize torture in this "new era" of political insecurity.

Let's be clear: the CIA has never been squeamish about using torture, so please don't encourage the men in black to use it. And, when they're caught doing so, please don't scream in revulsion.