It’s incredibly depressing that barely more than a decade after the utter disaster of Abu Ghraib, where disgusting images of torture at the hands of American troops shocked the world, America is once again debating whether it should resume torture.
In addition to being illegal and immoral, America’s experience with torture during the George W. Bush administration showed that torture was both ineffective and counterproductive. In response, both President Obama and Congress took steps to strengthen the pre-existing legal prohibitions on torture. Even former defenders of the Bush administration’s record on torture are now rejecting a return to waterboarding and other torture techniques.
The above excerpt was originally published in InsideSources.
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