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03/06/2007 Archived Entry: "The mentality of a torturer"
THE MENTALITY OF A TORTURER. This account of how one educated, thoughtful American became a torturer is long but worth reading. Although some sadists clearly relish torture (like John Yoo and like the former prison guards described in the article), the notion of an ordinary person becoming an "accidental torturer" jibes all too well with other descriptions (like those by John Conroy in Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture).
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