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The above article contains useful information documenting the normalization of torture in the USA.
I only want to add that two decades ago Noam Chomsky noted and documented the fact that most of the world's most authoritarian states were the biggest recipients of US aid. What seems to have changed, becuase that fact is probably less straightforwardly true than it was, given the support authoritarian regimes now receive from China and fellow African states, is that the brutal systems and mechanics of authoritarianism have now been fully internalized.
See Noam Chomsky:
After the Cataclysm: Postwar Indochina and the Construction of Imperial Ideology (with Edward Herman), Boston: South End Press, 1979.
Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace, Boston: South End Press, 1985.
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (with Edward Herman), New York: Pantheon Books, 1988.
Terrorizing the Neighborhood: American Foreign Policy in the post-Cold War Era, Stirling, Scotland: AK Press, San Francisco: Pressure Drop Press, 1991.
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