Mark Danner: We Are All Torturers Now
"The system of torture has, after all, survived its disclosure. We have entered a new era; the traditional story line in which scandal leads to investigation and investigation leads to punishment has been supplanted by something else. Wrongdoing is still exposed; we gaze at the photographs and read the documents, and then we listen to the president’s spokesman 'reiterate,' as he did last week, 'the president’s determination that the United States never engage in torture.' And there the story ends."