There is no improving on this, no need for further comment. From David Simon:
Here’s the sad fucking truth:
Our democracy, our republic, is very much weaker than we imagine if this report can only see the light of day after our government first issued preemptory promises not to prosecute the persons that did these things to other human beings in our names, or ordered that these things be done to other ohuman beings in our names.
That there are members of the American government still arguing against this cold blast of moral truth, offering up the craven fear that the rest of the world might see us as we actually are, or that our enemies will perhaps use a moral truth to justify violent retribution or political maneuver—this further astonishing cowardice only adds to the national humiliation.
This is not one of the world’s great powers behaving as such, and it is certainly no force for good in the world. This might as well be the Spanish national amnesia following the death of Franco, or a post-war West Germany without the stomach for the necessary self-reflection. Shit, even the fragile, post-apartheid democracy of South Africa managed to openly conduct hearings and attempt some measure of apology and reconciliation in the wake of the previous regime’s brutalities. Not us. Not the United States. We’re too weak to endure any such moral reflection without the attempt itself descending into moronic partisan banter. That’s right. Here, in America, we are—today—actually torturing other human beings with exacting cruelty in secret and then arguing about whether it can dare be discussed in public.
Fuck writing reports. Fuck arguing about reports. For the very soul of my country, some people must go to prison for these crimes against humanity, and for ordering crimes against humanity in my name, in your name, in our names. They were working not to save our country, as claimed. They were actively working to destroy this republic.
Who has the courage to begin? Is there a single American political leader? No. Not a one.