In Zizek's article "Rumsfeld's Unknown Known, or Iraq's Initiation into Democratic Practice" He writes about the torture at Abu Ghraib. He relates the incidents not to modern torture but to hazing rituals and American cult phenomena. He states that the it is an induction into the dark underside of American Democracy. An inclusion into the First World. He sites that Bush's defense instead of totalitarian cover-up as an empirical difference.
My own work deals with the darker sides of self and has a level of parallel with this reading. His description of the events as opposite sides of the same coin as opposed to exceptions is interesting. I do feel that in my work, exposing the darker sides of my psyche is just as important as the brighter. One informs the other.