Defence lawyers and critics say Washington museum’s display on US use of torture in wake of 9/11 sanitises the punishments

Last Thursday, a handful of defence lawyers from the military tribunal trials under way in Guantánamo Bay gathered by James Bond’s silver Aston Martin in the lobby of Washington’s new International Spy Museum.

The lawyers, accompanied by a former CIA analyst, had come in the wake of a spat that had broken out on Twitter after the museum opened its new, enlarged venue, over its controversial exhibit about the US use of torture in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. In the face of criticisms that the museum was sanitising torture, the museum’s chief historian, Vince Houghton, challenged the critics to see the exhibit for themselves.

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