Tony Lagouranis, an interrogation specialist for the Army in Iraq, earned his discharge in 2005 and came home. Then the anxiety began. Struggling with the memory of what he did, Lagouranis eventually wrote a book.
In Mosul, he took detainees outside the prison gate to a metal shipping container they called “the disco,” with blaring music and lights. Before and after questioning, military police officers stripped them and checked for injuries, noting cuts and bumps “like a car inspection at a parking garage.” Once a week, an Iraqi councilman and an American colonel visited. “We had to hide the tortured guys,” Lagouranis said.
Then a soldier’s aunt sent over several copies of Viktor E. Frankel’s Holocaust memoir, “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Lagouranis found himself trying to pick up tips from the Nazis. He realized he had gone too far.
The roots of principled, humane behavior run deep in America. But given a certain kind leadership and a convenient national emergency they can be torn out.
In a second article the New York Times does a disturbingly good job explaining how the Soviet Union’s preferred torture policies became our torture policy. Read the article and then these two posts by Andrew Sullivan. It has become practically impossible to prpoerly my contempt for those who continue to defend this behavior as fine and normal for a country of America’s stature.
That hardly means that I want to suppress the torture-craving audience members who hooted and cheered when Rudy Giuliani endorsed any abuse “that his interrogators could think of.” Just the reverse, for far too long people with this sick mentality have passed themselves off as normal Americans. This fully explains how an utterly amoral, narcissistic son of privilege president and the pathological cases who permeate his administration credibly ran for office. The more people like this hold up their hands and voluntarily identify themselves the easier we can exclude them from polite society. Frankly, I want a party that explicitly supports torture of American detainees, and endorses endless military adventurism as a foreign policy. Throw in the Dobsonsonite christianists and you have a convenient catchbasin for the 26% nutters who wreck the country when they win elections under the guise of reasonableness.
In oher words, I want the modern GOP to stay just like it is.