Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Darkest Corner of the Mind

From George Monbiot's article:

From this delightful experiment, US interrogators appear to have extracted a useful lesson: if you want to erase a man’s mind, deprive him of contact with the rest of the world. This has nothing to do with obtaining information: torture of all kinds – physical or mental – produces the result that people will say anything to make it end. It is about power, and the thrilling discovery that in the right conditions one man’s power over another is unlimited. It is an indulgence which turns its perpetrators into everything they claim to be confronting.

President Bush maintains that he is fighting a war against threats to the “values of civilised nations”: terror, cruelty, barbarism and extremism. He asked his nation’s interrogators to discover where these evils are hidden. They should congratulate themselves. They appear to have succeeded.

Torture doesn't always leave cuts and bruises -- and still the scars are deep, permanent, and life-destroying.

(Thanks to a reader for the Monbiot link)

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Blogger AJ said...

Happy New Year Professor!

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