Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | March 29, 2009

’24’ is fiction

From the Washington Post today:

In the end, though, not a single significant plot was foiled as a result of Abu Zubaida’s tortured confessions, according to former senior government officials who closely followed the interrogations. Nearly all of the leads attained through the harsh measures quickly evaporated, while most of the useful information from Abu Zubaida — chiefly names of al-Qaeda members and associates — was obtained before waterboarding was introduced, they said.

Torture is morally wrong.

The use of torture violated treaties that the United States signed and championed.

Americans are now less safe because we tortured suspects in our custody: Our troops are at higher risk of being tortured because we tortured, and we’ve radicalized many more people against America because we tortured.

And, unlike the fantasy that Fox presents on 24, torture doesn’t work.

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