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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
Estimated total calories members of Congress burned giving Bush’s 2002 State of the Union standing ovations:
A fertility scientist named Panayiotis Zavos announced that he had created human-cow embryos that were theoretically viable, but denied that he planned to allow such a hybrid to be implanted in a woman’s womb. “We are not trying to create monsters,” he said.
A statistician determined that the five most common first names among New York City taxi drivers are Md, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohamed.
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