Nothing beats a sensational front page news story like a Boston Marathon Massacre! Most readers would miss the incidental but far more serious implication for the moral compass of America than the NY Times story by Scott Shane, entitled, “U.S. Practiced Torture After 9/11, Non Partisan Review Concludes”. …
The media event for the report was to be on April 16, the day after the Boston Marathon Bombings, and the New York Times published this news the same day:
U.S. Engaged in Torture After 9/11, Review Concludes Scott Shane, New York Times | April 16, 2013
A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it. …
Indisputable Torture Editorial Board, New York Times | April 16, 2013
… The panel further details the ethical lapses of government lawyers in the Bush years who served up “acrobatic” advice to justify brutal interrogations, and of medical professionals who helped oversee them. It is also rightly critical of the Obama administration’s use of expansive claims of secrecy to keep the details of rendition and torture from becoming public and to block victims’ lawsuits. ….
… a separate 6,000-page report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, based on Central Intelligence Agency records, has yet to be declassified and made public. ….
… says that never before had there been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.”
Detention at Guantánamo
The Legal Process of the Federal Government After September 11 Rendition and the “Black Sites”
The Role of Medical Professionals in Detention and
True and False Confessions: The Efficacy of Torture and Brutal Interrogations
Effects and Consequences of U.S. Policies
The Obama Administration
The Role of Congress