The Discreet Charm of the Torturer

 By Dennis Loo

 “Unauthorized, improvised, inhumane, and undocumented”
 
Says the Inspector General’s Report
 
“Unauthorized, improvised, inhumane, and undocumented”
 
“Unauthorized?”
 
Not!
 
The acts described in the IG report
 
Were like being told to shoot someone
 
And instead of spending only one bullet in the head
 
You emptied the clip in the person
 
Unauthorized?
 
Would the mob bosses come after you and say
 
“Unauthorized!
 
“You’re wasting bullets you stupid fuck”
 
Don’t think so
 
These fine examples of American manhood
 
And womanhood
 
Were creatively
 
Applying the spirit of their orders
 
They deserve the Medal of Freedom!
 
A power drill
 
What innovation
 
A faked execution next door
 
Masterful
 
Threatening to rape and kill their mother?
 
Brilliant!
 
Pouring buckets of water continuously
 
On their upturned faces
 
Why the hell not?
 
“Do you want this Haji tortured or not?”
 
“Are Americans lives better than these ragheads or not?”
 
I don’t care if they did nothing
 
I don’t care if they don’t know nothing
 
They’re Hajis – can’t you see?
 
We’re Americans
 
That’s all you need to know
 
You stupid fuck
 
Now get on with it