May 20, 2016

NO ONE CARES IF THEY CONFESS:

Why Torture Doesn't Work (Shane O'Mara, 5/20/16, Project Syndicate)

[T]orture undermines the very goals it is supposed to achieve. Confessions elicited through torture can be voluminous, but they are just as often nonsensical. Consider, for example, how many women confessed under torture that they were witches, or how the mere threat of torture induced Galileo Galilei to deny the proposition that the earth travels around the sun. Experienced interrogators uniformly repudiate torture, knowing that it does not yield usable, verifiable, or actionable intelligence.

Except that we do not torture to obtain confessions and it's easy to test the intelligence.


Posted by at May 20, 2016 4:13 PM

  

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