So what is the big deal? Ms. Haspel was in charge of a CIA black site where torture might have happened, and documents might have been destroyed. The victims are bad guys, aren’t they? We must protect the home folks, mustn’t we? Millions of Americans would go along with this narrative; Common Dreams please copy.
The facts are, however, torture does not work, the TV series ‘24’ not withstanding. But the ‘utility be damned, something is better than nothing’ crowd do have a point, albeit an unproven one. Torture may not help, but it definitely harms the U.S. (1) Other malevolent regimes might follow suit. Or more likely, can better explain away their own long standing evils. (2) It leaves an indelible scar on our self-esteem: Are we better than the Nazis, the Japanese in WW II?
The last is the greatest cost Ms. Haspel might have extracted from us. For, in believing she did what was alleged, and condoning that, the part of us taken away will be forever missed.