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December 18, 2014 at 5:53 AM

U.S. Senate torture report: We’ve lost the moral high ground

I am saddened, but not entirely surprised, to learn that more than 50 percent of Americans condone our government’s use of torture [“Majority of Americans think CIA justified in use of terror tactics,” Nation & World, Dec. 15]. What have we become?

To inflict the same abuses and terror on those who attack us makes us no better than them. We have lost the moral high ground. How can we claim to be a beacon of freedom and democracy for the world?

If we condone and use torture on others, does it become conceivable that such barbaric tactics could be used by our government on its own citizens.

If we don’t speak up against the use of torture, it will continue, and spread. And the American ideal of “liberty and justice for all” would come to an end.

Lori Lisowski, Port Townsend

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