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December 19, 2005

Why Condoning Torture Is Stupid (and not just immoral)

-- by Thomas Leavitt

Excellent op-ed on torture in the Washington Post, from a victim of torture himself: Torture's Long Shadow. The author's central point: from a purely pragmatic point of view, the shortcut methods precipitated by the use of torture destroy the effectiveness of intelligence gathering - not to mention driving out the talented folks in favor of the brutal hacks, and destroying the lives and shriveling the souls of every non-sociopathic individual forced to participate in it.

It makes me violently ill to think that the people running this country, my country, condone "cruel, inhumane or degrading" (CID) treatment of captives. Moving to Sweden when my kids turn 18 becomes more attractive on a daily basis.

Posted by Thomas Leavitt at December 19, 2005 11:51 AM

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