We don’t know when and if the Senate intelligence report on torture will be released. But while it remains secret, some of its contents may come out in dribs and drabs. But we should not underestimate the ability of the government to keep unpleasant things hidden.
At the time that the Abu Ghraib atrocities were revealed, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh said that other things were done by the US in those prisons to even children were even more horrific. But those reports were never released. The Obama administration managed to suppress photos of detainee torture, reversing course after first promising to release them, saying that releasing them would endanger Americans by inflaming passions. It never seems to occur to them that the best way to not inflame passions is to not commit atrocities in the first place. And of course, the fact that those photos would implicate Americans in criminal acts was not given as one of the reasons for their suppression.
Stephen Colbert discusses the torture report.
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