21 April 2009

Two Responses to the Torture Apologists

"The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means. ... The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security." ~ Admiral Dennis Blair

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Blogger Stan B. said...

A Third:


22 April, 2009 11:07  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Thanks Stan, hope all is well with you. JJ

22 April, 2009 20:57  
Blogger Jose Guilis said...

Probably the most amazing thing I read on this matter was from the director of Taxi to the dark side, a documentary about torture in çiraq and Afghanistan: He said he initiated the project following comments from his father, who served in the Navy as an interrogation officer. He -the father- was offended by the whole concept of the effectivity and inevitability of torture and worried about it's consequences for the professionals of the trade, who are subjected to endless hours of training in applied psycologhy, social relations, non verbal communications, whatever in order to do their job properly, and certainly dissaprove torture on ethical grounds and also knowing firsthand it's a worthless interrogation tool, as a man tortured will tell you anything. I had never seen it from that angle, but it's certainly interesting

24 April, 2009 07:28  

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