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Torture: this is just sad

I hate the fact that my country’s leaders panicked after 9/11 and embraced torture. It saddens me to watch this. I can still remember when it was the bad guys who tortured people in the movies. Here’s the test I think is useful for judging abuse: What would I think of this being used against ...

I hate the fact that my country’s leaders panicked after 9/11 and embraced torture. It saddens me to watch this.

I can still remember when it was the bad guys who tortured people in the movies. Here’s the test I think is useful for judging abuse: What would I think of this being used against captured U.S. military personnel? Or kidnapped reporters?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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