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  •  Oh yes, it matters a lot, inclusiveheart (4+ / 0-)
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    MB says it's nothing new, except for the attempt to legitimize it ... But that THE most important change with regards to "restrain" torture impulses.

    Even if "it's nothing new", the step to legalize torture, changes the climate drastically, in which torture can blossom.

    "It's always going on in the background to some degree or another" you say, yes, but usually with the backing of the Geneva convention you could count that at least some people, who heard about the torture, felt ashamed and outraged and some might be willing to talk truth to power and accuse the torturers. May be the people themselves, who tortured, felt at least somewhat guilty and ashamed and fearful of the world's judgement, especially if it could lead to a trials or war crimes later on.

    If it's legalized, nothing stops the masses to behave like mass murderers, and any inhibition is gone. If your own sense of shame is gone, your own moral compass is destroyed, and that it what makes people capable of torturing the enemy with conviction and compassion, because the mind of the torturer believes that he is doing "the right thing", may be he believes that the torture he engages in is "a God-given mission".

    Obama folks need to look at the Field Manual's text. I remember the discussion over the rewrite of the Manual and because it's so complicated and got not much press back then, it's even more important.

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