I tried watching Zero Dark Thirty last night

A good portion of the movie depicts the torture of detainees at the hands of US persons. Knowing it was a fictional retelling of actual events makes the truth that much harder to swallow. The whole time I was wondering how much the filmmakers had to water down what actually happened just to soften the blow for the audience.

“We tortured some folks.”

We can tell ourselves Obama inherited a mess from Bush, but this is still the President who promised to close Guantanamo Bay his first week in office but hasn’t done anything meaningful about it. This is the President who has used drone warfare to kill US citizens without due process.

We can tell ourselves the US does what it has to in order to secure its interests abroad, but one day our elected leaders will have to answer for what they’ve done. Whether it’s We the People who hold them accountable, or the International Criminal Court makes little difference.

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