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The key emerging defense of the torture-enablers is to say that the debate about torture is all a matter of simple policy differences, that we have one group historically who believe that certain harsh techniques are fine and are not, in fact “torture,” and another group who take a different view. Keith Olbermann does an outstanding job of tackling and exposing the pile of lies on which this “honest policy debate” argument is built in this segment from last night’s Countdown:
Olbermann builds his case on the definitive law review article on the subject, written by a federal judge and former judge advocate general, Evan Wallach, which is best studied in its entirety.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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