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Letter from America May 13, 2004
 
Baseball, Apple Pie and Torture: The American Way
By Mark Ames Browse author Email
 
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Complacent?! Is he joking?! Alter is on record advocating the torture of four men who turned out to be innocent, and now, in spite of readily-available archives, he describes his own aggressive pro-torture stance as being "complacent about the use of psychological interrogation techniques that end up loosening the bonds of civilized behavior." Either Alter's lawyer wrote that, or else he's preparing his defense now, imagining having to answer to a grand jury for his role in aiding and abetting torture. It's rare to see a mainstream journalist trying to cover his tracks with such bizarre language. He's trying to say, "Gosh, when there were people talking about torture, I wasn't paying enough attention, and I feel so bad now. I was complacent, all wrapped up in my work and family and all that." Which pretty much sums up how all those pro-torture Americans felt.

You can see why, given such an abject population as America's, Rumsfeld and Bush and the others have wasted so much time blubbering about the wonderful American humanitarian spirit and how torture is contrary to our values. The reason they're dishing out that bullshit is because Americans have had a change of heart about torture. Now, they demand that they be lied to about their previous pro-torture attitude, and they demand that their delusions about themselves be reinforced. It's a nation of Stuart Smileys looking in the mirror, with blood dripping from their Crest White Stripe-brightened mouths, saying, "We're a good people, with good values. And we love ourselves. And that's...okay."
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