Understanding the U.S. Torture State
By Anthony Gregory
The United States government has explicitly endorsed techniques long recognized internationally to be forms of torture. Marjorie Cohns remarkable multidisciplinary anthology, The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse, is an eye-opening examination of U.S.-sponsored torture from the Cold War era to the Obama administration.
When I was a child in Reagans America, a common theme in Cold War rhetoric was that the Soviets tortured people and detained them without cause, extracted phony confessions through cruel violence, and did the unspeakable to detainees who were helpless against the full, heartless weight of the Communist state. As much as any other evil, torture differentiated the bad guys, the Commies, from the good guys, the American people and their government. However imperfect the U.S. system might be, it had civilized standards that the enemy rejected.
|Other Independent Review articles by Anthony Gregory|
|Fall 2014||Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of Americas Police Forces|
|Summer 2011||The Tissue of Structure: Habeas Corpus and the Great Writs Paradox of Power and Liberty|
|Summer 2011||The Struggle to Limit Government|