We're All to Blame for Torture

Tactics are no surprise; let's not dump our guilt on CIA
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 12:30 PM CDT
We're All to Blame for Torture
Mike Morice of World Can't Wait group is seen after a live waterboarding demonstration outside the Spanish Consulate in Manhattan to urge prosecution in Spain of the alleged involvement of Bush administration officials in the torture of terror suspects, Thursday, April 23, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Suddenly, Democrats in Congress are calling for the prosecution of CIA agents for torture. But that torture was never a secret, and when it was politically prudent, Democrats had no problem backing it—and neither did many Americans, writes Naomi Wolf in the Guardian. We’ve all got “blood on our hands,” and prosecuting CIA operatives would be scapegoating to ease our own guilt.

“When the political winds were with the last administration,” Wolf writes, “just about every congressional Democrat fell right into line to accept it, if not cheer it on.” And “how many Americans spoke up when it was chic to thrill to the sadistic soundbite of ‘take the gloves off’?” Instead of going after the CIA agents, we must “lay the guilt where it belongs”: legally, on leaders who ordered the torture, and "emotionally and morally," on ourselves.
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