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Torture: Mainstream and Legal in America

by Kurt Nimmo

Once clandestine, torture has gone mainstream. It is now routinely used — from the interrogation of detainees in the war on manufactured terror to police routinely using “pain compliance” techniques on school children.

The attacks of September 11, 2001, opened the floodgates and provided the foundation for mainstreaming the use of torture and dismissing moral objections to the practice. Abu Ghraib, the torture memos of John Yoo, and the award-winning Fox TV series 24 all acted as a sadistic pornography that worked like slow acid to desensitize much of the public to what had been previously unthinkable and regarded as incompatible with the tenets of Christianity and modern civilization.

Below we encapsulate a number of examples showing how torture has become an acceptable practice domestically.

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