Thursday, November 02, 2006

No escape

Badger on the suicide of an interrogator:

The way you make a torturer is by trapping them, mentally, emotionally, morally. Torturers live in a terrible prison. There would have been no way out for Alyssa, the torturer, and no one to listen if with her last spark of humanity she was able to disobey orders and speak out. She would likely have had to continue torturing or witnessing torture, before she was able to get herself into a position of safety to blow that whistle. You can see here quite clearly that death is easier than speaking, or escaping...

I'm sorry she died and I'm trying to respect whatever goodness was in her.

We are all in her same prison - I really have come to believe it.

1 comment:

EN said...

She was an interrogator, not a torturer. She didn't like what was going on? What was going on? What did she do? Why is suicide always used to justify the living's firmly held beliefs?

"The way you make a torturer is by trapping them, mentally, emotionally, morally."

Well, I don't know much about torturers, but that's not how you make interrogators. They're trained. She was trained before she went and had to know damn well what she was taught at Huachuca wasn't going to be used for passing out candy to children in orphanages. High marks for insinuation though.