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December 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Senate torture report: A gray area has been created to hide torture

Once again, Orwellian doublespeak attempts to justify the unjustifiable [“Owning up to actions after terror report,” Opinion, Dec. 13].

Unacceptable and illegal torture has been re-branded by our government as “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” but apparently that euphemism is too descriptive for even former Vice President Dick Cheney, so he’s now describing torture by the bureaucratic-sounding acronym “EIT.”

Indeed, our government has created out of whole cloth a new classification of these people that we have tortured by calling them “detainees” instead of prisoners, thus conveniently bypassing centuries of established basic human rights of prisoners, attempting to create the shakiest of pretexts to justify such inhumane treatment.

Sadly, we’re not the first — nor will we be the last — nation, business or organization to create and market better-sounding phrases and terms to deliberately deflect, mislead or misinform.

However, the U.S. Senate’s official report to put on record this shameful action of authorized torture — something that the world has known for years — demonstrates that we are a nation that acknowledges our mistakes, learns from them and inspires us to never let it happen again.

Clarence Moriwaki, Seattle

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