“Torture Destroys Justice”

Mark Danner published an important piece in the New York Times on Saturday. Called Tales from Torture’s Dark World, it reveals details about torture from previously unavailable interviews given by detainees held at CIA black sites around the world. Though these detainees never met and were held separately and in isolation, their narratives sound strikingly similar, making it unlikely that the details of their torture at American hands are fabricated. What they describe cannot be anything other than torture. Go and read it for yourself.

Says Danner:

The use of torture deprives the society whose laws have been so egregiously violated of the possibility of rendering justice. Torture destroys justice. Torture in effect relinquishes this sacred right in exchange for speculative benefits whose value is, at the least, much disputed.

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