Torturer’s Apprentice – The Atlantic

The new science of interrogation is not, in fact, so new at all: “extraordinary rendition” and “enhanced interrogation” and “waterboarding” all spring directly from the practices of the medieval Roman Catholic Church. The distance, in both technique and ideology, between the Inquisition’s interrogation regime and 21st-century America’s is uncomfortably short—and provides a chilling harbinger of what can happen when moral certainty gets yoked to the machinery of torture.

The Bush Administration’s threshold for where an act of torture begins was the point at which the Inquisition stipulated that it must stop.

Source: Torturer’s Apprentice – The Atlantic