Sunday, March 29, 2009

Torture's Achievements

Scott Horton has the essentials, and here's the upshot of what torture in the war on terrorism has achieved: false, misleading, made-up, and worthless information; resources wasted chasing the worthless information; lies to conceal the torture combined with lies to conceal its inefficacy; stepped-up hatred and violence by those already inclined to hate and harm us.

Torture doesn't produce useful intelligence, it tramples human rights, it violates the law, and it makes for extremely bad politics. On the up side, it seems to gratify the urges of people who watch 24.

1 comment:

Paul said...

I find one of the most astonishing things about torture is the fact it's news to so many people that it doesn't work.