The Washington Post reports here that a State Department study of torture methods in other countries condemns the very same techniques the Defense Department and CIA have been using for the past three years.
Does anyone else feel like we are living in Looking Glass land?
–> Looking Glass Moment #1 — We condemn certain techniques as torture when used by Syria or Egypt, even though we have used the same techniques in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.
–> Looking Glass Moment #2 — We condemn Syria and Egypt for torture, but we send certain prisoners to those countries knowing they will be tortured.
–> Looking Glass Moment #3 — The administration officials who signed off on these practices are not only still in office, they are the ones standing up and condemning the torture in other countries.
There is nothing that makes me more ashamed of my country than to know that we carry out torture ourselves and condone it when carried by others on our behalf. It is beyond my comprehension that we do this, and beyond my comprehension that the public at large is not outraged.
This voter, for one, is outraged. Everything this country stands for is made mute by government-sanctioned torture. This must stop.