In custody

When jailers resort to violence

When my seventeen-year-old daughter first saw the photos of tortured and abused Iraqi prisoners in the Times of India, she put the paper down and said, “I’m ashamed to be an American.”

So was I. The delight the American soldiers seemed to take in the humiliation of helpless men was disgraceful and depraved, as well as pathetic: while they evidently believed that this proved their power and might, it proved just the opposite-they...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.