The New York Times ran an opinion column in earlyJanuary with the striking headline, "We Are All Torturers Now." In it, professor Mark Danner predicted that the confirmation hearings for Alberto Gonzales to become US Attorney General would mark a critical transition in US history, in which torture, a practice that was once a clear and abhorrent violation of the law, in effect becomes the law of the land -- a 'fateful departure,' he called it, from the body of law and human rights practice this country for claims to uphold.
Mark Danner joins us for a special edition of CounterSpin. He is a professor of journalism at UC Berkeley and a professor of human rights and journalism at Bard College. He is also a staff writer at the New Yorker and author, most recently, of Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror.