Bin Laden Raid Revives Debate on Value of Torture

The raid that led to Bin Laden’s death has raised anew the issue of using torture to gain intelligence. Full Story »

Posted by Jon Mitchell - via New York Times (Most Emailed)
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Posted by: Posted by Jon Mitchell - May 4, 2011 - 8:22 AM PDT
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Edited by: Jon Mitchell - May 4, 2011 - 8:51 AM PDT
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by Jon Mitchell - May. 4, 2011

This is a somewhat strange piece that skirts the line of factual reporting in places as it speculates on the role of torture and other heavy interrogation methods in the capture of Osama bin Laden. But the piece is largely about the debate between experts on the subject, and it covers this in a balanced way.

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by Dwight Rousu - May. 4, 2011

Shane and Savage provide details and multiple quotes from experts that dispel the self-serving claims of the perpetrators of crimes against humanity during the bush administration.

Regardless of whether torture "works", and it doesn't, it is illegal and immoral. The fact it was used at all is a dark stain upon the US and allies. The perpetrators should have been prosecuted, and still should be prosecuted.

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