Allow me to first of all state the obvious, which is that most of us are relieved to see that for the first time in history, a U.S. President has admitted to conducting a criminal act. From the center to the far left, admitting this appears to be a first step to finally dismantling the corrupt and criminal presence of one of the most powerful authoritarian governments in the world.
To the extreme far left, this is unsatisfactory and to the far right, it shows weakness. Yes, it’s true that this isn’t enough but it isn’t nothing either. I think most people bought into the idea that all Middle-Eastern people should at least spend some time being water-boarded. If the Bush administration had set up internment camps like they did for Chinese-Americans, there would not have been much resistance against that idea.
But let’s get back to this torture thing because this is what it’s all about. Some weeks back I posted about a documentary everyone needs to see called the Oath that documents two Yemeni men who were paid to drive Bin Laden. Both were tortured then released but one of them stayed longer while Washington made up laws to criminalize the man.
None of this would have happened if it weren’t for a series of efforts by many independent humanitarian organizations and activists to bring them to the public, so think about that power and efforts after the president’s long pause.