When the government tortures it normalizes evil, which conditions everyone to think it is acceptable. It sets a very low price on human worth.
By making excuses for patently evil practices like the torture of human beings, one invites others to follow suit. Should it come as a surprise, then, that evil trickles down?
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Perhaps Rush Limbaugh would claim that these sadistic animals were just, "Having a little fun, these people...just blowing off a little steam"?