The Media’s Pro-Torture Cheerleaders

“The American people were demanding that the government do anything necessary to keep the country safe.” …. not in my name!!

The Fifth Column

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The Daily Beast

The American people didn’t demand that we torture detainees and embark on permanent war after 9/11. Our politicians and pundits did.

“The American people were demanding that the government do anything necessary to keep the country safe.”  That has become a talking point exonerating American torture after 9/11, which a Congressional investigation has recently recently detailed.  It is a convenient story: the government was faithfully obeying the people, and the people were shocked by events, freshly aware that the world is a dangerous place.  Understandably, mistakes were made.

This story is almost criminally wrong.  The 9/11 attacks were shocking and frightening, of course.  They did just what terrorism aims to do: shattered the unthinking, complacent security of a peaceful country, and revealed the fragility of things.

It was also a hugely open, uncertain moment.  People were scared but, just as much, confused.  We…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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