secret torture methods in secret prisons

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Mark Kleiman writes in “Beyond Kafka” at HuffPo:

Can you imagine a government so absurdly tyrannical, so brutally insane, that it forbids "enemies of the state" to complain about being tortured on the grounds that interrogation techniques are state secrets? [emphasis in original]

The Washington Post article, “US Seeks Silence on CIA Prisons,” tells an appalling tale of abuse:

The Bush administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details of the "alternative interrogation methods" that their captors used to get them to talk. The government says in new court filings that those interrogation methods are now among the nation's most sensitive national security secrets and that their release -- even to the detainees' own attorneys -- "could reasonably be expected to cause extremely grave damage."


The government, in trying to block lawyers' access to the 14 detainees, effectively asserts that the detainees' experiences are a secret that should never be shared with the public.

I may have been too harsh in previously saying that “modern conservatism” is an oxymoron; the Busheviks has proven time and time again that they are drawing inspiration from somewhat rececnt sources. Unfortunately, those sources are the writings of George Orwell, Franz Kafka, and Lewis Carroll. They are laboring mightily to turn dystopian fiction into reality, and—all too often—they are succeeding.

update (5:39pm)
Kevin Frum at Washington Monthly has some comments:

This highlights the fundamental corruption of the human soul that torture causes. We know it's wrong, so not only do we torture prisoners, but we then do what we must to conceal what we've done. And then we try to conceal even that. Torture and secrecy, secrecy and torture, world without end.

That's not America. At least, it shouldn't be.

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