Torture Still Doesn't Work

For centuries, torture has been used to make people say anything the torturer wants.

Torture works," an American special forces major -- now, needless to say, a colonel -- boasted to a colleague of mine a couple of years ago. It seems that the CIA and its hired thugs in Afghanistan and Iraq still believe this. There is no evidence that rendition and beatings and waterboarding and the insertion of metal pipes into men's anuses -- and, of course, the occasional torturing to death of detainees -- has ended. Full Story »

Posted by Dwight Rousu
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Tony Litwinko
4.7
by Tony Litwinko - Oct. 1, 2008

Superb writing, as usual from Robert Fisk, who understands that writing like this must be filled with powerful details. This is reporting on research, and a fine essay, emphasizing the Medieval history to very firmly and justly make its point that the madmen from back then have now been reincarnated. Unfortunately, like fine irony, the intelligent ones, like Mukasy, will refrain from listening to their conscience and acting, and the madmen, like Cheney, could not give one penny for the critique.

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Graham Wilkins
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by Graham Wilkins - Oct. 1, 2008

Robert Fisk has the well earned respect for his objective and fair journalism

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Dwight Rousu
3.4
by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 1, 2008

Some of the history of torture from days of the original inquisition are informative. The person tortured will say whatever the torturer wants.

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Joel Kulenkamp
4.6
by Joel Kulenkamp - Oct. 1, 2008

The anecdote about Jewish prisoners particularly hit home

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kyravon
3.4
by kyravon - Oct. 1, 2008

Not sure. It's more of someone listing historical background on torture to support his point. I enjoyed reading it.

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David Dresser
4.6
by David Dresser - Oct. 1, 2008

Robert Fisk is much more aware than most of us will ever be. He lives in a place chosen for it's natural delights and gracious people, but a place subject to many misfortunes of war. He has been in every place of turmoil and interviewed Osama bin Laden twice and nearly died more than one time. He has seen many things and noted them with care, concern and always with the effort to understand actions and the reasons that these things have happened. It is simplistic to believe that torture works. It never has and never will.

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lofewaöl lsefkae
4.5
by lofewaöl lsefkae - Oct. 1, 2008

It can't be told often enough, torture is part of the problem, not of the solution ....

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Don Bliss
4.5
by Don Bliss - Oct. 1, 2008

Graphic description of torture, and why it doesn't work.

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Rosemary Graham-Gardner
5.0
by Rosemary Graham-Gardner - Oct. 1, 2008

As I can see, nothing much has changed from the Middle Ages! We have a long way to become civilized!

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