On Wednesday, the Indian Country Today Media Network published an op-ed I wrote on the Senate’s so-called Torture Report. Here is an excerpt:
In the wake the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s use of torture, we are all being asked to think historically. Many have seen this moment as an opportunity to set the historical record straight with California Senator Diane Feinstein calling the use of torture by the CIA “a stain on our values and our history.” “History,” the Senator said, “will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say ‘never again.”
But viewing the legally sanctioned use of torture in the early 21st century as a blip on the historical record of the United States is to ignore its longer history of the state using law to justify violence. This is the ugly truth we are unwilling to face. Because to do so would require Americans to recognize the historical connection between the history of legally justified violence towards Indigenous people in the 19th century with our Global War on Terror in the twenty-first. Let me explain.
In the summer of 2008, I was working on a book about a conflict known as Modoc War, 1872-1873, California’s so-called last Indian war. One of the most significant events in the history of U.S.-Indian violence in the nineteenth century, is largely forgotten today. Shortly after I began researching the book, I received an email informing me that the Modoc War had come up in conjunction with the use of enhanced interrogation techniques in the U.S. Global War on Terror. What was this all about? Was there an actual connection here, or was this just some random happenstance of the Internet? I was surprised by what I found.Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/12/17/wheres-senate-torture-report-all-violence-done-natives