On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert had Jane Mayer, the author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals on his show. They discussed her assertion that "America is synonymous with torture."
As Colbert said,
"There's nothing in the Constitution that says, 'Don't torture.' The words don't torture do not appear. It says 'cruel and unusual. What we're doing may be cruel, but it is no longer unusual for us to do it."When Mayer said that "enhanced interrogation is a euphemism for hurting people on purpose," Colbert continued:
"You're making it sound bad, when the term itself is meant to make it sound good. 'Enhanced,' that's a positive term, like 'male enhancement.' We spend lots of money. I get emails all the time, you know, being offered to be enhanced."Of course, many have said in this time of war, we must torture. Yet, at one time, America stood above other nations. We have managed to bring ourselves down to a level where we have been compared with China in terms of torture practices. This is Mayer's point.
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