The revelations coming out of Guantanamo are hideous. The ordinary abuse of
prisoners, the madness instilled by gruesome incarcerations, the incessant
lying of the authorities, plus the mock interrogations staged for the
media, in which detainees and their interrogators share milkshakes — all
this soils us as a nation. It’s as if the government is ahistorical,
unaware of how communists and fascists also strained language and ushered
the world into torture chambers made pretty for the occasion. We now keep
some pretty bad company..