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Most of Those Tortured Were Innocent

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One of the main excuses used to justify torture is that the people being tortured were bloodthirsty terrorists, who would do far worse to us if we didn't stop them.

Is that true?

Judge for yourself:

 

Postscript: One commentator wrote:

Well, there you go. If most were innocent, that means some were guilty. That totally justifies the torture, right?

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Is he right?

Well, given that
top experts say that torture doesn't work and that it reduces national security, torture is not really justifiable.

Moreover, I don't know whether any of them were guilty or not. Some might have been guilty, although some were crazy to start with and others were tortured into saying false things (see this and this). So how can we be sure if any were guilty in the absence of substantial corroborating evidence from unbiased third party witnesses?

 

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As a political activist for decades, I have rejoiced in victories for the people and mourned in defeats. I chose the pen name "George Washington" because - as Washington's biographies show - he wasn't a (more...)
 

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