- Making News: Iraq Prison Scandal
Despite Congress' call for heads to role, President Bush told reporters today he has complete confidence in Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and his military commanders. Spurning Al Jazeera, which the White House regards as anti-American, Bush also gave interviews to Arabic-language TV. But, says the Economist's Max Rodenbeck, to Arabs, the President's interviews appeared as little more than a mediocre attempt at damage control.
- Reporters Notebook: The Mind of a Torturer
What turns ordinary people into torturers? Why do others stand by? These are some of the very disturbing questions raised by what went on at Al Ghraib Prison and other places as well. John Conroy, staff writer for the Chicago Reader and author of Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture, offers an analysis.
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