Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | ‘Nobody is talking’

In the new collections of memos and reports, the American will to inflict pain on captives and the conviction that the 9/11 killing of civilians was unique in history is spelled out. In January 2002 the senior White House lawyer, Alberto Gonzales – now attorney general – writes to Bush claiming that there have never been wars before in which civilians are “wantonly” killed, or where it has been necessary to “quickly obtain information” from prisoners. The Geneva Convention, he argues, is a quaint relic. “In my judgement,” he tells the president, “this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners.”

I thought this was a particularly poignant section of the article. What new paradigm? Terrorism? How new is terrorism, genius? How new is killing many people at once? What the fuck are they talking about? The whole thing screams “arrogance” to me. The US is so arrogant and self-centered that if it doesn’t happen here it doesn’t happen, and if it does happen here then holy shit, this is really important!


This country is so free it can’t handle more than one opinion.

“A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.”

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