If it looks like a duck, and it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck…

It was the intentional and systematic infliction of great suffering masquerading as a legal process.” From Jane Mayer’s essential New Yorker piece on the CIA’s “black sites.”

I don’t know about you, but the distinction between the “intentional and systematic infliction of great suffering” and “torture” eludes me. It makes me want to weep and tear my hair out that we’ve come to this.

5 responses to “If it looks like a duck, and it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck…”

  1. Dave O'Flynn says :

    The link to the New Yorker piece appears to be malformed. Below is the correct link:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/08/13/070813fa_fact_mayer

  2. speedbird says :

    Thanks, Dave.

  3. speedbird says :

    That’s pretty damning, Chris, and extraordinarily depressing:

    “The very phrase used by the president to describe torture-that-isn’t-somehow-torture – ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ – is a term originally coined by the Nazis. The techniques are indistinguishable. The methods were clearly understood in 1948 as war-crimes. The punishment for them was death.” (Three guesses as to whether or not the clear standards of international jurisprudence are upheld in the present case.)

    Also, is Andy growing a conscience?

  4. David Sleight says :

    So, so goddamn sad, all of this. My only hope is that this country will somehow stumble upon the total dumb luck to endure long enough and look back on this period with the full-on shame and embarrassment it deserves.

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