“You ever heard of emotional release? I’m talking about people having a good time,” Rush Limbaugh said of the Abu Ghraib pranksters in 2004. Old friend Scott Hamrah writes on torture at the movies and in American foreign policy for L.A. Times:
That’s a definition of torture to stand next to Bush’s. Here’s another: Torture is what we watch acted-out in front of us as we sit in movie theaters eating nachos. Torture is serial and endless, like entertainment, and comes to us in the guise of fun, as it did at Abu Ghraib. The two are beginning to merge.