THE VERDICT

Dahlia Lithwick

The Fiction Behind Torture Policy

The lawyers designing interrogation techniques cited Jack Bauer more frequently than the Constitution.

 
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  • Posted By: wizest @ 08/04/2008 10:02:32 PM

    Comment: IF BUSH HAD DONE HIS JOB, YOU WOULDN'T BE HAVING TO WORRYING ABOUT IRAQ OR THIS CONVERSATION .

  • Posted By: Taerros @ 08/03/2008 3:17:31 PM

    Comment: Interesting article, but there are no facts to back it up, only hearsay and accusations. The author and publisher have failed the very basics and should either retract the article or prove this theory.

  • Posted By: navycaptainretired @ 08/02/2008 11:42:41 PM

    Comment: Lithwick's conjecture is pretty preposterous. Having interviewed some of those "charged" with abusing prisoners, it is pretty clear that there was no central authority who granted permission for abuse. Yes, the cuprit IS Hollywood, the center of so much moral outrage and hand-wringing over the inhumanity of the Bush administration's effort to actually treat terrorists as enemies instead of misunderstoood teenagers or righteous avenging angels for America's s "misdeeds" around the world But it is hardly Jack Bauer or the fictional escapades of "24". that taught everyone in America that doing whatever it takes to make the right thing happen, whether it is legal or not, is the "moral" thing to do. Having grown up on Mickey Spillane and endless movie/TV depictions of police detectives and private eyes "getting their man" through legally questionable or downright illegal means, it doesn't surprise me or any thinking person that young officers and soldiers, confronted with real-life moral dilemmas (unlike most of their twit critics) have often opted to "do whatever it takes" and let the consequences fall on them. Thank you Hollywood. Now lay off them or do something constructive in this mess, rather than hassle the men and women doing the job or their Commander-in-Chief.

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