Comments: Spade Actually Heart, Says Keller

GITMO, the gift that keeps on keeping on.

Posted by Mike Meyer at April 27, 2011 11:52 AM

GITMO, the gift that keeps on keeping on.

Posted by Mike Meyer at April 27, 2011 11:52 AM

"the united states does not ONLY engage in torture. we also build some of the world's finest air conditioners."

Posted by hapa at April 27, 2011 01:24 PM

Note that Keller didn't answer the question. The guy didn't ask why "the whole range of practices" wasn't called torture. He asked why torture was not called by its name. Bill Clinton would have replied that it depends what he means by "name." Torture IS a name so how can it HAVE a name? Bullshit is an art form mastered only by the best politicians.

Posted by bobs at April 27, 2011 03:34 PM

The meaning of torture is clear enough that it is a crime punishable by death ... or at least it was.

Posted by Dredd at April 27, 2011 03:36 PM

Yes, Keller acted as though the question was why the exact phrase "the harsh interrogation tactics" wasn't replaced with the solitary word "torture"--as though there were no other possible ways of phrasing it to indicate that some methods might not fit that description, and despite the fact that the question was clearly intended to point out the Times' general refusal to use the word "torture" as a descriptive in its news articles about Guantanamo (its editorials are another story, by the way...I get the impression that Keller likes using the word there to try to excuse his editorial decisions in the actual reporting).

When you don't like the question, answer a different one.

Posted by John Caruso at April 27, 2011 04:08 PM

As to these sick euphemisms, andy worthington also speaks:

Posted by N E at April 27, 2011 09:30 PM

Perhaps "beatings, nut shocking, bludgoning, and drowning are a little too sensational for those of US who, "can't handle the TRUTH", as dear Cousin Deadeye pointed.

Posted by Mike Meyer at April 29, 2011 03:09 PM