When Exceptions Become the Norm27 May 2005
What Is Torture? is an excellent interactive "primer on American interrogation" at Slate that explains the debate about interrogation techniques used by Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. It presents a lot of detail without being overwhelming. It's intended to "inform rather than persuade", but it's hard to disagree with the conclusion:
What has happened — a slow slide from coherent, consistent standards for interrogation and treatment of prisoners to a sometimes ad-hoc, occasionally brutal search for information at all costs — should warrant public outcry. That it has not suggests either that this shift doesn't interest us because it affects outsiders, or that we no longer consider torture or near-torture to be beyond the bounds of civil conduct.