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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Have we become desensitized to the horrors of torture?

"It is not true, as many in the Arab world believe, that the United States has embarked on a reckless campaign of torture and abuse of its Arab prisoners of war. But what has happened—a slow slide from coherent, consistent standards for interrogation and treatment of prisoners to a sometimes ad-hoc, occasionally brutal search for information at all costs—should warrant public outcry. That it has not suggests either that this shift doesn't interest us because it affects outsiders, or that we no longer consider torture or near-torture to be beyond the bounds of civil conduct."

The statement above is the conclusion to an in-depth 'interactive primer on American interrogation'. The whole article, plus an audio link, can be found at Slate Magazine.

It makes for disturbing reading and must surely question the belief that some of us still hold that 'we' in the West uphold the values of a 'civilsed World'.

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