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  •  This gets to the core of it. (1+ / 0-)
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    There is commentary on the unreliability of torture as a means of extracting the truth going back to the middle ages, because essentially if you are trying to use the torture to get information (and therefore do not have independent corroboration of what you are trying to find out, because if you did you wouldn't need to torture), the people who torture are going to give you false information to stop the torture, even if only for a little while. Now imagine the frame of mind of someone who has been kept awake for eleven days, kept in a box, or waterboarded six times a day for a month. These people at some point aren't even going to be in touch with reality anymore.

    And here, the propensity to manufacture false positive information under torture becomes the point.

    "It's like we weren't made for this world, But I wouldn't really want to meet someone who was." --Of Montreal

    by andydoubtless on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 08:54:16 AM PDT

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