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  •  Can't guarantee he'll receive it (13+ / 0-)

    Now that he's all White House and all. But Balkinization had his email address as

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    by Valtin on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 03:02:17 PM PST

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    •  Ask Him: I Would Like To Why? (7+ / 0-)

      This is the more important question. We know torture doesn't work, so why is it so important?

      Is this answer is the one that is telling. Why is the capability to torture so important? Is it part of a bigger plan? A slippery slope kind of thing...?

      For instance, once they make torture to "special" foreigners OK to the citizens then sometime in the future does it evolve so it is OK on "special" citizens? Eventually evolving to the setup that was so effective in Russia and Germany when mass control of the populations was the goal?

      I mean, if it doesn't work and it's such a controversy, even a crime, why is it so important to the powers at be in certain parts of the government, military, former administration and mouthpieces for control and domination?

      I think the REAL answer to this question just as important as the debate over whether torture is acceptable or not.

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      by gimmeshelter on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 06:25:40 PM PST

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      •  I think that that one is pretty simple: (1+ / 0-)
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        it's because we want people to be scared of it.  We -- average citizens -- would be scared of it, with good reason, so we assume that others would be as well and would do what is necessary to avoid it, especially after getting a taste of it.  It's essentially the same reason as why people hit their children, but writ large.

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