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How About Some Definitions?


There are even more unreasonable people out there asking for specificity and definitions in the interrogation debate. The lack of it is one of the chief failings of both the Bush administration and its critics. An Army officer from the New York Times today:

One Army officer expressed exasperation that senior military and civilian officials were failing to articulate a coherent approach toward interrogation, saying much of the confusion centered on disparate definitions of abuse.

“Everybody’s talking past each other on this,” the officer said. ” ‘Cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment’ is at the crux of the problem, but we’ve never defined that.”


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