A popular new movie reminds us of a major principle of dishonest public discourse.
Zero Dark Thirty brings us back to the Bush-era “enhanced interrogation” used to extract information (or at least words) from suspected enemies. The term for this practice previously was “torture.”
People who use the newer term are trying to say, “When we do it, it’s OK. When they do it, it’s a crime.”
No. We (in America) hold these rights to be INALIENABLE: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That means the rights belong to every single person on the planet and cannot be removed (alienated) from any individual.
“Enhanced interrogation” is a lie.
The principle is this: “When someone begins to re-name something using more syllables, they are hiding something.”
Torture is torture no matter who does it or why. Americans don’t do it even under a different name.