Scott Horton Interviews Matthew Harwood

Scott Horton, May 16, 2010

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Washington DC-based writer Matthew Harwood discusses the degraded moral principles in the US evident from the American public’s assent to torture, the prohibition against torture by Washington and Lincoln in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the limited investigations focused on “a few bad apples” instead of the torture choreographers in the Bush administration.

MP3 here. (26:28)

Matthew Harwood is a writer in Washington DC. He is the author of chapter 25, “Enjoining an American Nightmare,” in the book Attitudes Aren’t Free: Thinking Deeply About Diversity in the U.S. Armed Forces. His work has appeared in The Washington Monthly, The Huffington Post, The Columbia Journalism Review and elsewhere.

One Response to “Matthew Harwood”

  1. 6 years into the US torturegate, I still can't believe we're arguing about it.
    Anybody remember who first publicly suggested that the US should torture? The Uber Zionist Alan Dershowitz! http://articles.sfgate.com/2002-01-22/opinion/175
    " No democracy, other than Israel, has ever employed torture within the law. Until quite recently, Israel recognized the power of its security agencies to employ what it euphemistically called "moderate physical pressure" to elicit information from terrorists about continuing threats. "
    Opinion: The pre-911 US innocent-horror of torture would eventually have impacted Israel's precious image in the US. Now, was it in the US interest to divert attention from such third world dungeons -Israel, Jordan,…- by so compromising its own intel and criminal cases? In terms of the propaganda war, it's as if the US took-one-for-the-team!

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