2014: Torture Crimes Exposed and Covered Up

January 5, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us



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On December 9, a Senate committee issued a report on CIA torture after 9/11. Whitewashed and censored, it still painted a picture of the most sadistic, depraved, widespread torture intended to instill terror and enforce the interests of the U.S. empire. The report and ensuing “debate” in mainstream news imposed terms that torture is okay if it “saves American lives,” produces “useful intelligence,” and is in the “national interest of the United States.” Those are immoral terms. The interests of rulers of the United States are the interests of a global empire of exploitation and oppression. American lives are not more important than other people’s lives. And nothing justifies torture.

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