Voices from the Black Sites



The other day, Mark Danner published a piece entitled US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites, which makes for a depressing and infuriating read. If you don’t have the time (or stomach) for it, there’s a shorter version, published as Op-Ed in the New York Times.

And if you don’t even have time for that, maybe you have time to read this key quote from Danner’s article: “We can also say that the decision to torture, in a political war with militant Islam, harmed American interests by destroying the democratic and Constitutional reputation of the United States, undermining its liberal sympathizers in the Muslim world and helping materially in the recruitment of young Muslims to the extremist cause. By deciding to torture, we freely chose to embrace the caricature they had made of us. The consequences of this choice, legal, political and moral, now confront us. Time and elections are not enough to make them go away.”