Saturday, June 02, 2007

Torture, Nazi Style

Andrew Sullivan, the influential blogger for The Atlantic, is also a disenchanted conservative and former editor of The New Republic. In a recent post, Sullivan compares the Nazi's interrogation methods, which were deemed war crimes punishable by death in the World Court, with the interrogation methods approved by the Bush administration.


Critics will no doubt say I am accusing the Bush administration of being Hitler. I'm not. There is no comparison between the political system in Germany in 1937 and the U.S. in 2007. What I am reporting is a simple empirical fact: the interrogation methods approved and defended by this president are not new. Many have been used in the past. The very phrase used by the president to describe torture-that-isn't-somehow-torture - "enhanced interrogation techniques" - is a term originally coined by the Nazis. The techniques are indistinguishable. The methods were clearly understood in 1948 as war-crimes. The punishment for them was death.

Read the whole post here.

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