12/19/08

Not Only Is It Immoral, It's Ineffective

In Tortured Reasoning, David Rose clearly details why neither torture nor coercion can play any part in intelligence gathering (Hat tip: Mike Johnson).

At the F.B.I., says a seasoned counterterrorist agent, following false leads generated through torture has caused waste and exhaustion. "At least 30 percent of the F.B.I.’s time, maybe 50 percent, in counterterrorism has been spent chasing leads that were bullshit."
The world that Rose describes, where coercion elicits false confessions that lead to arrests and more coercion and more false confessions, is truly terrifying. It's hard to believe it happened here.

We must hold the people who did this accountable. There must be investigations.


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