Some may want it to sound like torture in the ‘war on terror’ is something of the past, which has been stopped. That is unfortunately not true, although the nature and extent of it may have changed. For example, Nafeez Ahmed has reported that the US Army Field Manual has been revised to include torture-like methods of interrogation and the practice of extraordinary rendition. Subsequently, US special forces have been accused of many war crimes, including torture, for example in Afghanistan. The British special forces’ use of so called Tactical Questioning also raises concerns. This means interrogating a person who has just been arrested quickly on the spot or nearby, sometimes ‘under duress’ (see Mark Urban’s book Task Force Black, p. 128-129).
In addition, there are many cases of state-sanctioned murder. Already in 1975, US Navy psychologist Thomas Narut was reported to have revealed the training of murderers. During later years, we have for example read about the case of Raymond Davis. This year of 2015 started with at least nine Pakistanis being killed in a drone strike.
Business as usual for the torturers and murderers, paid by tax money.