We will all be paying the costs directly and indirectly for a long time but Andrew is right – our government needs to acknowledge that wrong was done or it will continue as I am sure it is today.
All I can say is how remarkable it is that a contractor is forced to pay damages for torture, while the US government refuses even to acknowledge that it authorized and implemented it, that it tortured at least a score of prisoners to death, that no one – no one – involved in the authorization of these war crimes has faced any legal or professional consequences and that war criminals, like Stanley McChrystal, who presided over one of the worst torture camps in Iraq, Camp Nama, (“Nasty-Ass Military Area”), can go on the Daily Show as if he is just another general. No he isn’t. Under his command some of the worst incidents of torture took place. Why did Jon Stewart not ask him about that? When will these people be publicly challenged to defend their history of crimes against humanity?
If we can hold contractors accountable, why not the public sector which paid them?