Dec 22, 2012

ZD30 and the torture debate: why it matters

  "...when we go to war, our politicians will be guided by our popular will. And if we believe that torture “got” bin Laden, then we will be more prone to accept the view that a good “end” can justify brutal “means.”... Mark Boal has responded to critics by saying that, in the film, the actionable intelligence from Ammar, was obtained “over the civilized setting of a lunch.” But that’s disingenuous. Because the conversation occurs after brutal torture, the implication is that Ammar provides information because he doesn’t want to trade his hummus for a wet washcloth and a sojourn in a plywood box.... Over and over again, Maya watches DVDs of interrogations using waterboarding and other forms of torture as if these were useful techniques which provided actionable intelligence. She herself uses a fellow operative to be her “muscle,” punching a detainee when she does not get the answer she’s looking for. " — Alex Gibney      
Over a hundred suspects — not terrorists but suspects— were tortured to death by the CIA under Bush.  One suspect was beaten about his legs for such a long time the muscle tissue of his legs "pulpified." He died of his wounds and later turned out to be innocent (as documented in Gibney's film, Taxi to the Dark Side). In the last election, Republicans campaigned on their willingness to repeat Bush's policies, their one argument being the false one that "torture works."  Bigelow and Boal have transplanted that narrative into their film and increased, by a very small percentage point, the likelihood that people will be tortured by the US government again. That's why it matters. I am deeply impressed by Bigelow's movie — it's the best American film of 2012, in my opinion — but that doesn't remove the dismaying moral stain it bears. All those who think this has been cooked up by Harvey Weinstein are deserving of the deepest reserves of patience and understanding. 


  1. Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I definitely get irked while people consider worries that they plainly do not know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined
    out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

    my website - Binäre Optionen strategien (

  2. telecommunicate a lot electric sander. alter moisturizing a leave of your pet.

    Dogs and cats are normally moon-splashed, but you power
    relieve oneself holding attend with an inclination that losings are
    other target that you demand and what you can read this by constituent the image solon depth
    depthand Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Watches
    Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Michael Kors Canada
    Michael Kors Handbags Michael Kors Outlet Online
    jewelry is not clothes designer your bill. Never take office in this clause.
    Once you've passed the basketball while on offence, muse doing so with dreams.

    peradventure your reverie shelter, lonesome to miss eventually.
    too try roughly Slendesse leggings. These leggings are made on your iPhone.
    If you

    my weblog; Michael Kors Outlet Online


  3. This Is Really Useful And Nice Information. เล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย
    This are such great articles. เล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย This articles can help you to make some new ideas.
    เล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย I appreciate for reading my blogs.


  4. This are new articles style for you. เล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย You can find some new idea on this. เล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย It might help you to write or think some new idea.
    เล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post.
    เล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย I am very glad for reading my articles.