Here’s a devastating paper by students at Harvard showing that in U.S. newspapers, waterboarding was always described as torture — until our own government began doing it.
Then… well, who knows. It’s an open question. Difficult to say, really. Keep an open mind. There’s two sides to every issue.
What this says is that civil liberties bloggers and activists haven’t just been making stuff up to smear the Bush administration. Far from it. These activists have been true to the moral norms of United States mainstream — norms that go all the way back to the dawn of the twentieth century. It’s our press corps that has just recently sold us out for access to government power.
Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.