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Monday, May 12, 2008

Dark Landscape

Dark Landscape

Watch Bill Moyers talk with Philippe Sands on America's peculiar predicament of accountability (h/t Christy Hardin Smith at

There was a time that the very word "torture" evoked the chill of a dark landscape, the chill of the evil "other" - a territory so foreboding that one shrank back from even a prolonged gaze.

Now, we have found that we are not merely gazing at it, but we are exploring and mapping the edges of this black geography. It is becoming "familiar."

How long after this trek do we begin to populate the forbidden land, becomes its residents, its very landlords? Will the front doors of Our House make the creaking sounds of diabolical intent?

Perhaps we are at a turning point. Perhaps not.

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