'Tales From Torture's Dark World'

The new "Neverending Story" from Mark Danner, the New York Times, and the New York Review of Books

"A short time ago, this document came into my hands and I have set out the stories it tells in a longer article in The New York Review of Books. Because these stories were taken down confidentially in patient interviews by professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross, and not intended for public consumption, they have an unusual claim to authenticity.
 -- Paragraph 9 of the first article.

Yes, that is a very unusual claim to authenticity.

"President Obama, while declaring that "nobody's above the law, and if there are clear instances of wrongdoing...people should be prosecuted," has also expressed his strong preference for "looking forward" rather than "looking backwards." One can understand the sentiment but even some of the decisions his administration has already made-concerning state secrecy, for example-show the extent to which he and his Department of Justice will be haunted by what his predecessor did. Consider the uncompromising words of Eric Holder, the attorney general, who in reply to a direct question at his confirmation hearings had declared, "waterboarding is torture." There is nothing ambiguous about this statement-nor about the equally blunt statements of several high Bush administration officials, including the former vice-president and the director of the CIA, confirming unequivocally that the administration had ordered and directed that prisoners under its control be waterboarded. We are all living, then, with a terrible contradiction, an enduring one, and it is not subtle, any more than the accounts in the ICRC report are subtle. "It was," as Mr. Cheney said of waterboarding, "a no-brainer for me." Now Abu Zubaydah and his fellow detainees have stepped forward out of the darkness to link hands with the former vice-president and testify to his truthfulness "
 -- Last paragraph of the NYT Review of Books piece

So, when do the show trials start?  And the price of admission?

All brought to you courtesy of "Mark Danner, a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and Bard College, is the author of 'Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror.'
The new "Neverending Story" from Mark Danner, the New York Times, and the New York Review of Books

"A short time ago, this document came into my hands and I have set out the stories it tells in a longer article in The New York Review of Books. Because these stories were taken down confidentially in patient interviews by professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross, and not intended for public consumption, they have an unusual claim to authenticity.
 -- Paragraph 9 of the first article.

Yes, that is a very unusual claim to authenticity.

"President Obama, while declaring that "nobody's above the law, and if there are clear instances of wrongdoing...people should be prosecuted," has also expressed his strong preference for "looking forward" rather than "looking backwards." One can understand the sentiment but even some of the decisions his administration has already made-concerning state secrecy, for example-show the extent to which he and his Department of Justice will be haunted by what his predecessor did. Consider the uncompromising words of Eric Holder, the attorney general, who in reply to a direct question at his confirmation hearings had declared, "waterboarding is torture." There is nothing ambiguous about this statement-nor about the equally blunt statements of several high Bush administration officials, including the former vice-president and the director of the CIA, confirming unequivocally that the administration had ordered and directed that prisoners under its control be waterboarded. We are all living, then, with a terrible contradiction, an enduring one, and it is not subtle, any more than the accounts in the ICRC report are subtle. "It was," as Mr. Cheney said of waterboarding, "a no-brainer for me." Now Abu Zubaydah and his fellow detainees have stepped forward out of the darkness to link hands with the former vice-president and testify to his truthfulness "
 -- Last paragraph of the NYT Review of Books piece

So, when do the show trials start?  And the price of admission?

All brought to you courtesy of "Mark Danner, a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and Bard College, is the author of 'Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror.'