The English language had to disappear first

Andrew Sullivan on the language used in the OLC memos, and in the national discussion of torture overall:

As Orwell predicted, the English language had to disappear first. The president referred to waterboarding prisoners as “asking them questions.” Bringing prisoners’ temperatures down to hypothermia levels was simply an “alternative set of procedures.” The entire process is “enhanced interrogation.” Even the press has to find a way to call it merely “harsh”, a term now changed to “brutal” in the NYT, even though nothing we found out yesterday was more brutal than anything we knew about before.
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