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”
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
Would the mob bosses come after you and say
“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
Threatening to rape and kill their mother?
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