It Could Happen Here

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By Ben Cohen

Andrew Sullivan elegantly crystallizes why the torture memos are so important:

If you want to know how democracies die, read these memos. Read how


gifted professionals in the CIA were able to convince experienced


doctors that what they were doing was ethical and legal. Read how


American psychologists were able to find justifications for the


imposition of psychological torture, and were able to analyze its


effects without ever stopping and asking: what on earth are we doing?