“The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks: Life and Death Under Soviet Rule,” by Igort, graphically detailed the horrors perpetrated by the Russians against Muslim Chechens. Now there’s a new report on CIA secret prisons in Afghanistan. One incident involved a prisoner left to freeze to death in a cage called the Salt Pit. The Russians would routinely leave prisoners naked and alone in deep pits for days. Not the kind of company we should be keeping. We can tell ourselves it’s been fixed, but memories are long in certain parts of the world. We’ll bear this stain for a long time.