Torture "is basically subject to perception," CIA counterterrorism lawyer Jonathan Fredman told a group of military and intelligence officials gathered at the U.S.-run detention camp in Cuba on Oct. 2, 2002, according to minutes of the meeting. "If the detainee dies, you're doing it wrong."I'm sure you could likewise construct an argument that death is subject to perception, that "doing it wrong" is likewise perceptual, that the universe does not create us, but we the universe, calling each instant out of the foam of probability, creating existence anew in each moment, each life a unique product of itself, independent and holistic, hermeneutic and hermetic, a wink of consciousness on the inscrutable skein of space and time, existing forward and backward in crystalline, unitary perfection, whole unto itself.
Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), the committee chairman, asked: "How on Earth did we get to the point where a United States government lawyer would say that . . . torture is subject to perception?"Well, it all began when these Indians . . .