The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.
April 28 marks the tenth anniversary of the moment that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were made public in this country. Thus began America's public odyssey with torture, a story in many chapters and still missing an ending.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators have asked the government to preserve the notorious "black sites" where U.S. agents tortured detainees after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Here are five good reasons the government should do so.
Even if the newly released footage of Bin al shibh's interrogation in Morocco shows largely benign interrogations, we shouldn't forget that many of the videotapes that the CIA destroyed in 2005 documented serious abuse.
The government will not use any statements made by the suspect in secret prisons, nor will the evidence "be very different" from that used when his alleged co-conspirators were tried by the federal court in 2001.
You'd think that the at-long-last-former Vice President of the US might take his eight years of power and his 13 points of public approval and slink off to one of those undisclosed locations he liked so much.