I could neither believe that torture could be a controversial subject, nor that any controversy could be enough of a reason to bury this subject. There have, after all, been dozens of stories on the front page about this Googler and his misogynistic screed, and the inevitable controversy was deemed acceptable in light of this poor fellow’s freedom of speech.
I figured dozens of people been tortured by the government might lead to a similar balancing of interests. But I guess I was wrong.
What does seem clear is that most of the community doesn't consider this a good story for HN. If they did, the upvotes would have outweighed the flags, and the opposite was the case. I know a smaller set of users feels passionately the other way, but that's not enough for us to override community opinion. In fact, that would be a strategy for turning HN into a mostly-political site.
A nomination sometimes (usually?) reflects an administrations views and policy.
Maybe since this one sanitises the gory details it'll be allowed live past the hour mark - but I doubt it.
It's not there, at least in the first 150 results.
It seems to have been unflagged, then "shadow flagged". Which is even more fucked up.
Your first two links are the same btw, did you mean to link to this one,
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16577485 , where I asked for a discussion on removal of such an important story? According to moderator 'dang', I was just "creating drama".