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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.
Number of people who attended the World Grits Festival, held in St. George, South Carolina, last spring:
The brown bears of Greece continued chewing through telephone poles.
In Peru, a 51-year-old activist became the first former sex worker to run for the national legislature. “I’m going to put order,” she said, “in that big brothel which is Congress.”
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”