Exploiting The Vestiges Of Decency

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 25 2009 @ 9:35am

by Patrick Appel

After hearing that a CIA interrogator threatened to kill the children of a detainee, Julian Sanchez feels shame:

I guess what especially turns my stomach here is that the idea wasn’t just to inflict mental anguish on a presumably odious man in order to extract information. It was to inflict that pain by exploiting, as a weakness, whatever flicker of nobility or love remained in an otherwise wretched soul. It was a method of torture that would have been effective only because and to the extent there was something human left in him. Maybe I’m being overly sentimental, but every cell in my body is telling me this is sick and wrong.