language, tortured

From Wednesday’s New York Times:

Some Twitter postings from Europe and the Middle East focused on the origins of the C.I.A.’s euphemistic terminology in describing its torture methods.

“The Gestapo called it ‘Verscharfte Vernehmung,’  ” wrote one blogger, Ian Geldard. “Exactly the same term ‘enhanced interrogation’ used by the C.I.A.”

The blogger Libya Liberty said, “Calling torture ‘enhanced interrogation’ is like calling rape ‘enhanced dating.’  ”

Some jihadists used the report to ridicule what they regard as a sanctimonious American preaching about moral values. “They call us monsters?,” Israfil Yilmaz, a Dutch jihadist,wrote on Twitter. “Slap yourself, read some of the @CIA torture reports and wake up.”


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