Fear not

A new kingdom is here
What an anomaly: while many Americans were gearing up for Christmas and singing the angels’ song of peace on earth, good will to all, the nation was considering the government practice of torture—or more precisely, how and why videotapes of the government’s harsh interrogation practices had been destroyed.

Military experts have serious doubts about the effectiveness of torture as a means of extracting information. Under torture people will say whatever they think their tormentors want them to say. So why are we doing what seems so utterly contrary to the highest values of our nation?

 

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