Scott Horton Interviews Chase Madar

Scott Horton, June 05, 2011

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Chase Madar, member of the National Lawyers Guild, discusses his American Conservative Magazine article “Torture’s Comeback;” the US torture lobby’s attempt to credit enhanced interrogation, conducted between 2003-2006, for bin Laden’s location and execution in 2011; the growing American appetite for torture (10 years after 9/11) especially among moderates, the evangelical right, establishment liberals, and the Cheney family; why torture is the most effective at producing false confessions and lying a country into war; the torture regime’s roots in domestic criminal justice and the war on drugs; and the competing claims of anti-torture interrogator Matthew Alexander and pro-torture Bush administration speechwriter Marc Thiessen.

MP3 here. (20:03)

Chase Madar is an attorney in New York and a member of the National Lawyers Guild. He writes for TomDispatch, the American Conservative magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the London Review of Books.

4 Responses to “Chase Madar”

  1. Did torture ever leave? Look at Waco, though the scale was larger the tactics were the same. Sleep deprivation via bright lights at night, loud music 24/7, denial of food/water/medical care. Ect.

    Americans had no problem with this and worse being done to their neighbors, why would they care about it happening half way across the world?

  2. I respect an honorable man like Matthew Alexander, whose interrogators got fine results with nonviolent methods. As for that chickenhawk douche bag Marc Thiessen–piss on him.

    Dick Cheney is a vile sonofabitch. If there's a hell, I hope he and his kind end up in it.

    When future historians are puzzling over the ruins of the United States, they'll have a lot to wonder about. . . .

  3. I appreciate Madar's highlighting that torture is routine in the US prison system and law enforcement already.

  4. Yep. I've been waiting a long time for this discussion to enter the public domain.

    It's a crime what goes on in prison.

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