In his statement on Tuesday, President Obama said that, “The American people refuse to be terrorized.” Detailing the various ways in which the people of Boston moved quickly to aid the injured, the president said, “If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil—that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. Unafraid.”
This is an admirable sentiment, and quite true in many respects. But it’s not the complete picture. Our actions, the actions of a government that acts in our name and with our consent, showed quite clearly that, after 9/11, the American people were terrorized. And the fact that our government is still unable or unwilling to fully confront its adoption of torture, and hold accountable those responsible, is evidence that we still are."
— Matt Duss, Torture Report