Training to Torture

"I don't suppose even the 'Gee, I'm not sure waterboarding is really torture' crowd will be able to claim that whipping someone with an electrical cable isn't torture," writes Mark Kleiman. The preferred tactic in these cases, of course, is to completely ignore the issue. The issue, in this case, being that the defense department won't let mid-level officers testify in a closed session of a congressional panel about the training of Iraqi soldiers, seemingly because they don't want anyone to ehar about this business.