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  •  Who's Not Talking? (2+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, planetclaire4

    I respect these people for their service, not only to the US but also humanity. Especially their compassion then and now.

    I do wonder whether there was indeed quite a bit of torture used, but the torturers are (understandably) keeping silent. Not that any of these guys tortured, but they just might not even have known of the others who were. How many of those Nazis executed or silenced with life sentences (in or out of imprisonment) took stories of American torture to their graves?

    The other side of this story needs more investigation. I expect it will further support the civilized realization that torture produces bad results, both in transforming everyone into a subhuman, and in worthless information. Until more than self-selecting evidence is uncovered, the question of what's not discussed will leave those guessing that torture is good, especially when kept secret, will still have a leg to stand on.

    I want our future to have no doubt. And using these old stories in its solid "Greatest Generation" framework to remove doubt about the general principle will also help force today's stories to come to light. If we'd talked about the WWII American torture experience during the past 60 years of silence, today's experience might have been completely different, and not need a repeat of the investigations later, and again and again until we finally learn to tell the truth without coercion.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Oct 08, 2007 at 09:23:46 AM PDT

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