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“American Torture” Author Turns to Costs of Iraq War

August 24, 2010

“American Torture” Author Turns to Costs of Iraq War

Jeff Kaye, posting at Fire Dog Lake (July 17, 2010), writes that author Michael Otterman is closing down the American Torture blog, named for his groundbreaking book American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond. Check out Otterman’s fine, but unfortunately final post, “Looking Backward”…

 “George W. Bush did not invent torture…
“Yes — the Bush Administration promoted torture. They expanded its use. Former officials — and Bush himself — still defend torture. But they did not invent it, or introduce it into US foreign policy…
            “My message was simple: Torture is counterproductive. It is inhumane. And it is not new…The more people knew these things, I thought, the more torture would lose its appeal. But torture persists within the legal black hole at Bagram. Guantanamo remains open and indefinite detention — even for the guiltless — continues. Torture photos are blocked. Accountability thwarted. And torture is still codified. Obama has continued the policies of his predecessor. Change has not come…
             “We owe victims of torture one thing above all else: justice. We should seek out all perpetrators of torture. We must expose them for who they are, and for what they’ve done. There is no statute of limitations on inhumanity.”

American Torture will not be accepting or posting new submissions, but Otterman’s new website has information about his ongoing work, including his new book, Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage.

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