On Sunday, journalist Mark Danner revealed a previously secret International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report, which concluded that “the Bush administration’s treatment of al-Qaeda captives ‘constituted torture,’ a finding that strongly implied that CIA interrogation methods violated international law.” So the idea that this is something that’s disputable and who knows, and maybe we can ask someone else’s opinion and debate this — it’s just not true, it’s a fallacy. And I’ve become somewhat frustrated by the practices of the press. And this isn’t to cast doubt on the bona fides or skills of individual reporters; it’s really a matter of practice, that you need to present both sides. But I think at this point this is interfering with a clear debate.Howie P.S.: You can read Danner's complete report on US torture here, from the latest issue of The New York Review of Books.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Mark Danner: What the US press won't say--"We tortured"
Think Progress, with video: