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The New York Times and Sunday morning political talk shows are contorting themselves into linguistically-torturous positions in a feeble attempt to avoid using the word "torture" to describe the immoral and criminal techniques employed at Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and CIA black sites against suspected al Qaeda-linked prisoners. Now, Foreign Policy magazine has produced the euphemism-free "ultimate guide to the Bush Administration's journey to the dark side."
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared at a forum on Republicans and the Hispanic vote at the Capitol Hill Club this morning, getting a standing ovation from the crowd when he was pointed out by the moderator. As Gonzales left, I asked him whether he would participate in a “truth commission,” as proposed by Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), to look into alleged law-breaking by the Bush administration.
New York Times columnist (and, ahem, Nobel laureate) Paul Krugman asked for help finding the word for "the kind of person who considers his mild discomfort the equivalent of torture, crippling injury, or death for other people." Specifically, the word for disgraced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who told the Wall Street Journal:
Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar’s thoughts about Alberto Gonzales’ demise were brief. “I had called for Alberto Gonzales' resignation several months ago,” Salazar said in...
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