“Torture works.” That’s the repeated assertion, made without evidence, by President Donald Trump. How it works and what it achieves are things that Trump is unable to articulate. This morning, unfortunately, the world has a test case to see whether torture works. Amnesty International reports
Yesterday, while almost three quarters of a million Americans were marching through the streets of Washington D.C. in opposition to the newly inaugurated Donald Trump, Trump was giving a speech to members of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mostly, the speech was a celebration of himself,
Today, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan endorsed the use of torture by American government agents, in defiance of US law. Congressman Ryan also endorsed plans to ban American Muslims from leaving the country, and plans to put law-abiding Muslims into concentration camps.