Tuesday 26 September 2017

Ireland must not turn a blind eye to torture as we tango with Trump

A detainee is led by military police after being interrogated by military officials at Guantanamo Bay in 2002. Photo: AP
A detainee is led by military police after being interrogated by military officials at Guantanamo Bay in 2002. Photo: AP
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

First, I want to share an image of young teenage boys at a small town middle school in upstate New York. This week, a pupil I know there described how groups of her male classmates were moving together through the corridors, wearing Trump caps or T-shirts and chanting: "Trump, Trump, Trump!"

It is a somewhat unsettling snapshot, not because they choose to express support for their president, but because their backing appears to be for his macho posturing which they misread as strength.

Now here's another image from the week, and this one is truly disturbing: in his first television interview, US President Donald Trump endorsed the use of torture and extremely harsh interrogation tactics on terrorist suspects.

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