Torture Leads to Lies
The administration’s torture policy is driven by fear and false assumptions. It’s time the public learned the truth about pain-tainted information.
Despite Mukasey’s confirmation and the next round of holidays coming on, progressives must not let up on the torture issue now. It has great power. It goes to the core of what it means to be an American during the George W. Bush era. And it’s a powerful wedge for all our foreign policy and domestic issues.
Like so many others who are in denial, Allahpundit is simply oblivious to the supreme irony and logical inconsistency of his argument.
For those who have been paying attention and using faculties for critical thinking, the outrageous “confession” KSM to every crime he might have participated in (and some he simply could not have commited), there exists compelling questions about whether torture tactics were effective. So, here (in the supreme folly of the coerced confessions) one sees the illustration of the example of the exact argument that those against using torture techniques make.
On the other hand, if one accepts the truly mind-numbing position that waterboarding or other torture “cracked the case” with KSM, then, why does it not follow that we would employ this important technique repeatedly and frequently to solve many other matters of life and death.
Allahpundit represents a mixure of fear, xenophobia, manipulation, lust for power, and authoritarianism creating the most strange brew of punditry that this writer can imagine.
The most effective use of waterboarding, according to current and former CIA officials, was in breaking Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as KSM, who subsequently confessed to a number of ongoing plots against the United States.
A senior CIA official said KSM later admitted it was only because of the waterboarding that he talked.