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Australia’s Poisonous Refugee Policy

NYT logo 1aMELBOURNE, Australia — Governments tend to dislike being called torturers.

That’s why the George W. Bush administration went through such legal contortions to exclude waterboarding from the definition of torture.

That this relied on a definition too idiosyncratic for anyone outside the Republican Party hardly mattered because it allowed President Bush to say, “the United States does not torture,” with a…

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