Andrew Trembley (bovil) wrote,
Andrew Trembley

A strange intersection on my flist...

So I see this article about how the administration is trying to get an exemption for non-Defense agencies from a proposed prohibition on

the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in U.S. government custody, regardless of where they are held.

Then I see this article about obscenity prosecutions that

specifically target "bestiality, urination, defecation, as well as sadistic and masochistic behavior"

So it gets me thinking.

The administration wants torture and bdsm for itself. It's that simple. They want the CIA to have a monopoly on kink and perversion.

No, it's not that simple.

What they really want is to be able to get away with more of the kinds of activities that happened at Abu Ghraib. See, if all this kind of stuff is "obscene" and publishing it is illegal, newspapers and broadcast outlets will get in trouble with the AG's office the next time they try to publish pictures of torture.

On the other hand, text of this sort is no more protected than images. Maybe it's time to start prosecuting the CIA for the obscenity that's in all their interrogation transcripts.

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