December 07, 2006


The case for and against torturing terrorist has been made in several places by several people. One of the more interesting contributions is this recent article from the History News Network by Dr McCoy which shows that the United States has used torture since the 1950s at least and has exported and trained other regimes in the use of torture. Its interesting as well because of the links it draws between the way that the UN charters on torture were incorporated into US Law under President Clinton and the drafting by President Bush of the military Commissions Act to exclude psychological torture. Showing that US torture policy has historical roots, definitely explains why torture has become quite quickly amongst the first responses of the US state to the terrorist threat.