Jonathan Chait writes:
First, there's no such thing as a government policy of "torturing terrorists. " There's only a policy of torturing people the government thinks are terrorists. Many of the suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, subjected to agonizing stress positions, turned out not to be terrorists--not because the soldiers who captured them were venal, but because they were human.
Who are these "many" to whom Chait refers? We know that the enhanced interrogation program was reserved for the high value detainees -- that is, the worst of the worst. Are there other detainees at Guantanamo who claim to have been subjected to "agonizing stress positions"? Perhaps, but there are detainees who have made all sorts of bizarre allegations, including being injected with HIV.
There have been 800 or so detainees held at Guantanamo. So who are the "many" that were both innocent and subjected to stress positions? It does not seem unreasonable that a columnist should have examples and evidence to back up his broad assertions that the United States government abused "many" innocent and wrongly detained individuals.