As a friend, ally and admirer of the United States, and one who has had the privilege to work for many years with its military, I applaud its new Commander-in-Chief for honouring his promise and ordering an end to its use of torture. This symbolic act re-establishes an American legitimacy that had been forsaken in the eyes of the world.
President Obama has consigned to the past a shameful period in his nation’s proud history. The previous Administration sought to justify the unjustifiable. It narrowed its definition of torture to the infliction of “excruciating” pain to legitimise simulated drowning. It coined the euphemistic doublespeak of “enhanced interrogation” and “extraordinary rendition”.… Seguir leyendo »