I find the idea that there is likely evidence of torture, being actively repressed from the very highest of levels, more disturbing than anything!
So as for it being OK to torture people in 'special' circumstances, for now it's some Muslim enimies.
But, who comes next? Well now, those pinkos are a dangerous bunch (always have been a favourite target in America.) And what about those artists who seem to be saying dodgy stuff (err, ditto). And what about those agitators on Mudcat who create threads like this...? Slipperly slope.
We either support torture as a method of information extraction, or we don't.
We either accept public servants repressing information about the illegal stuff they do, or we don't.
Ethiopians getting fancy flights, are all a big fat red herring to the central and most important issues as far as I can see.