After 9/11, Bush famously asked “Why do they hate us?” The answers might have been found on another 9/11, 28 years before, when the U.S. in Chile took a decisive step down the road to empire.
Despite all we know about the inefficacy of waterboarding and the fact that it amounts to torture, some politicians still deny reality. Unsurprisingly, presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would bring back waterboarding and “a hell of a lot worse.”
The 9-11 attacks provided an excuse for the Bush/Cheney cabal to implement many violations of international law, human rights and civil liberties. While the Orwellian ‘Patriot Act’ was rushed into law by an unhinged Congress–fueling the growth of a massive surveillance state–a new Authorization for Use of Military Force was granted to the executive