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Bipartisan Elites: Yes, The Bush Administration Totally Tortured

Bipartisan Elites: Yes, The Bush Administration Totally Tortured

Centrist, establishment types detail brutal, illegal interrogation tactics in a new reckoning.

CONOR FRIEDERSDORF | APR 17 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

A dozen years after 9/11, many movement conservatives still want to have it both ways. They want to insist that the Bush Administration was correct to strap prisoners down, prevent them from breathing, and force water into their lungs to terrify them with the sensation of drowning; that it was proper to intimidate them with dogs, slam heads into walls, and deprive them of sleep and darkness; but also that these tactics didn't amount to torture, just "enhanced interrogations." They would strenuously object if George W. Bush's obituary mentioned that, under his leadership, the United States government systematically and illegally tortured people.

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