In the Kingdom of the Enemy: Reading the Torture Report

by | Dec 10, 2014 | In the News, Justice

Torture Report

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the executive summary of it’s report on the CIA’s “detention and interrogation” — i.e., torture — program. Over on our Patheos blog, I argued that

What is perhaps most terrifying about reading this report is the idea that after only a short period of time, all of the torture, deception, and secrecy was largely in service of more torture, deception, and secrecy. And as this spiral increased, the demands for an ever more craven and culpable distortion of moral and legal reasoning increased with it.

It all sounds insane, illogical — mad. Until we remember this: sin and violence has its own terrible internal logic.

Go read the whole thing.

There’s also no shortage of good commentary on the report:

Please post links to other analyses and commentary on the report in the comments below.


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