A Disconnect on Torture | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

A Disconnect on Torture

Many governments that have routinely tortured to obtain information have abandoned the practice when they discovered that other approaches actually worked better for extracting information. Israel prohibited torturing Palestinian terrorist suspects in 1999. Even the German Gestapo stopped torturing French resistance captives when it determined that treating prisoners well actually produced more and better intelligence. Nevertheless, in spite of the historical record, the torture advocates continue to speak out, ignoring ethical and moral considerations and stressing that "torture works." Former Vice President Dick Cheney has even succeeded in changing the terms of the narrative on torture, which he freely admits was carried out when he was in office though he prefers to describe it as "enhanced interrogation." He asks the American people to trust him when he says that torture worked and saved thousands of lives. But did it?

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