Of the three major news stories last week, two of them — the Boston Marathon bombing and the Texas fertilizer explosion — received extensive news coverage.

But the third, the release of a report by a politically diverse group concluding there was extensive, unwarranted use of torture by our government during the Bush administration, received almost none ("The truth about torture," April 21).

It is easy to understand why this received so little coverage. No deaths. No blood. Just another study. And it was about torture, which has been inadequately investigated by the Obama administration.

It is regrettable this study was so little noted. It is time that we no longer limit ourselves to condemning the horrors visited upon us by others while refusing to acknowledge that we, too, are capable of horrible, unjustifiable acts.

Stanley L. Rodbell, Columbia

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