2008-07-02 Believe Me, It's Torture

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<hide> <let name=data index=Date>2008-07-02</let> <let name=data index=Source>Vanity Fair</let> <let name=data index=Author>Christopher Hitchens</let> <let name=data index=Topics>\torture\waterboarding\American dishonor</let> <let name=data index=URL>http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/08/hitchens200808</let> <let name=data index=Title>Believe Me, It's Torture</let> <let name=data index=TextShort>“One used to be told – and surely with truth – that the lethal fanatics of al-Qaeda were schooled to lie, and instructed to claim that they had been tortured and maltreated whether they had been tortured and maltreated or not. Did we notice what a frontier we had crossed when we admitted and even proclaimed that their stories might in fact be true? I had only a very slight encounter on that frontier, but I still wish that my experience were the only way in which the words "waterboard" and "American" could be mentioned in the same (gasping and sobbing) breath.”</let> <let name=data index=Text>

One used to be told – and surely with truth – that the lethal fanatics of al-Qaeda were schooled to lie, and instructed to claim that they had been tortured and maltreated whether they had been tortured and maltreated or not. Did we notice what a frontier we had crossed when we admitted and even proclaimed that their stories might in fact be true? I had only a very slight encounter on that frontier, but I still wish that my experience were the only way in which the words "waterboard" and "American" could be mentioned in the same (gasping and sobbing) breath.

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