Greenwald: When Torture Isn’t Torture
I’m still trying to figure out what goes on the blog and what goes the ‘ole Facebook. I’d recommend more articles/writers on the blog, but it’s so much easier to do so on FB that I hestitate do so, mainly since I bet everyone who reads the blog is already a friend on the FB. That said, I did note Matt Taibbi a few weeks ago — probably my favorite journalist in the world right now.
I briefly want to mention Glenn Greenwald today. Greenwald is a constitutional and civil rights lawyer, who writes at Salon.com about a variety of legal issues. He has written often about the continual use of torture by the US government and most recently, he has done a lot to expose the conditions under which whistleblower Bradley Manning has been kept by the US military/gov. Politically, he’s been described as a “liberal,” but what I like about him is how critical of liberal positions and leaders (namely calling out Jon Stewart on occasion), in addition, to the obvious purveyors of conservative hypocrisy. His arguments are sound; he’s smart; and he’s passionate about the law and his work — a good receipe.
He recently had a fantastic post about the NYT and the use of the word torture with regard to waterboarding. The gist of it is that when the US does it, the “liberal media” refuses to call it torture, but when the paper refers to the Nazis using waterboarding, then, of course, it’s torture. You know the drill. You can read the full post here.