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Avsløringen av at CIA har lov til å torturere fanger gjør dette til noe verre enn Abu Ghraib. Abu Ghraib var «vilt», sadistisk og ute av kontroll. Dagens tortur skjer ifølge regjeringens egne retningslinjer. Den er sanksonert. Det gjør den langt verre, skriver Anne-Marie Slaughter. Hun har et poeng.

In the spring of 2004, I wrote on this page of my anguish traveling through airports with the pictures of Abu Ghraib staring out at me from every newstand, showing the blue passport of which I have always been proud and knowing that the customs official, the immigration officer, even the airline clerk was connecting that passport with torture.

Three years later, after men like Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war, led the fight against these techniques, joined by scores of former generals and admirals, indeed after Congress finally banned them for military interrogations, we are still engaging in them. The only difference is that we don’t have pictures of prisoners being nearly drowned, slapped around or sitting naked in icy cells. Such pictures would be less dramatic than the twisted escapades of Abu Ghraib, but even more shameful, because they would represent the official policy of America as a nation.

Say it, America: This is not who we are

Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, is on sabbatical leave in Shanghai.