Torture not only stained our reputation; it weakened American national security. It has alienated entire communities, undermining the capacity of the U.S. to fight terrorism, and given al Qaeda a public relations boon.
Torture is American. How do I know? I am a reporter who for years covered allegations of prison abuse and ill treatment in domestic U.S. prisons. Nearly every technique used at Abu Ghraib had a close, recent parallel in a U.S. facility.
As Americans, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that foreign leaders who violate the human rights of their citizens face justice. But do we demand that our own leaders face justice when they violate the human rights of civilians?