Why not torture when you can just cover it up?

As he's been making the media circuit to promote his new book, former President George W. Bush has been repeatedly defending his administration's use of torture.

Mollie Wilson O'Reilly over at the Commonweal blog has a fascinating round-up of two reactions from journalists to Bush's interviews.

The common theme among the two? Torture is easy to pull off: The mainstream media won't pursue the story; no one will try to expose the cover up.

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As O'Reilly puts it:

The failure of the Obama administration to follow through on its tough talk about restoring the rule of law is based on the same lesson the Bush administration learned: in terms of optics, there is no downside to covering up torture. And as long as you can get away with covering it up, there’s nothing stopping you from going ahead with torture.

What does this say about the U.S.' human rights record?


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