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Thank you for framing this discussion on the torture issue with tempered reason and compassion.

As a recovering survivor of "homegrown" torture, firstly inflicted by a violent rapist and followed up- as a "disciplinary action"- by my ignorant, punitive parents, I know how just how gravely serious the imposition of silence can be. If the initial physical, mental, emotional and spiritual abuse doesn't kill you, the silence and aversion of others, unwilling to see the damage done, surely will.Very painfully and slowly. Blaming the victim who speaks out is still standard operating procedure in America.

Sincere thanks to Ms. Tippett and Mr.Rejali for shining the light of lucidity upon a topic which all too often stirs up hysteria and denial in both torturers and their victims, alike.