Wednesday, December 10, 2014

America’s Universal Torture Regime

-Will Grigg
According to the newly released Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture, prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere in the CIA’s global archipelago of “black sites” were subjected to “rectal feeding,” “rectal hydration,” and similar violations.

Defenders of the Warfare State insist that such methods are a cruel but necessary tactic in a generational struggle against implacable foreign enemies. After all, “we’re at war,” supposedly, and foreign enemy combatants aren’t entitled to Due Process or the protection of law.

The same perspective informs the domestic “War on Drugs,” and similar forms of interrogation-through-torture have been employed by police on the basis of nothing more substantive than a hunch.