Our enemies act without conscience. We must not. This executive summary of the [Senate Intelligence] Committee’s report makes clear that acting without conscience isn’t necessary, it isn’t even helpful, in winning this strange and long war we’re fighting. We should be grateful to have that truth affirmed.
That’s what Republican senator and former torture victim John McCain said on Dec. 9, 2014, after release of a report detailing CIA practice of “enhanced interrogation techniques” against detainees following the 9/11 tragedy. “Techniques” included waterboarding, sleep deprivation, shackling arms above prisoners’ heads for hours, naked plunges into ice baths, and something disturbingly named “rectal rehydration.” Debates over the politicization of the report were so divisive that they seemed to eclipse the techniques, themselves documented and not denied.
– Bill Leonard, James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Church History and Baptist Studies at the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University
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