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“if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture”

I’m constantly amazed by that small, relatively ancient group of magazines that manage to include both the most vapid celebrity-fetishism (Hollywood’s New Wave, anyone?) and really quite useful journalism, all bound up in the same (high gloss, splattered with lovely metallic inks that us mortals seldom get to use) covers. In any case, Vanity Fair has made space between the above noted actress related drivel and a spread of beach fashion for this article by Christopher Hitchens in which everyone’s favourite drink-soaked Trotskyite popinjay gets subjected to waterboarding, a particularly nasty method of torture currently used by the US. It’s well worth reading.

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