Opinion: A Tale of Two Countries, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Yesterday’s headline news from the U.S. was utterly depressing, if not entirely unexpected. Today’s headline news from Brazil is also utterly depressing, but certainly not unexpected. Both concern official reports showing that torture was an official policy of both governments, routinely used by government officials.

The U.S. began its torture policy in 2002, shortly after 9/11 changed the way Americans thought about war. The policy was ended in 2008 by President Obama. Brazil began its torture policy around 1965, shortly after the “Revolution” installed a military dictatorship . . .

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