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November 17, 2005

America's Torture Policy

We've discussed the Torture issue on this site before. Newsweek magazine's recent issue has some excellent articles to consider in forming an opinion on this.

The first is John McCain's take on the matter. He should know more about torture than any of us, seeing as he was actually tortured during Vietnam. In short, he believes that "we're better than this" and actually, it doesn't even work. When tortured to give up the names of his commanding officers, he would give the names of the Green Bay Packers' Offensive Line. The more I read from John McCain these days, the more I get the sense I'm looking at the next President of the United States.

Another analytical, well-researched article is called "The Debate Over Torture". One quote that I found particularly interesting was the following:

Torture still works to extract the truth in the movies and on TV shows like the popular '24,' but not in real life, say the experts. A prisoner who has his fingernails pulled out or his genitals shocked will say (and make up) anything to make the pain stop.

Why do we talk about this and why does it matter? It matters because there is right and wrong in this universe and there are consequences to actions. How can a nation truly be considered great and moral and good if it tortures people? People that could be innocent.

Posted by jason on November 17, 2005 12:40 AM


I really believe that we should not fight evil with evil. When we use tactics that are motivated by fear, anger, and vengence we become like our enemies. These are the ways of the dark side.

Posted by: jonathan on November 17, 2005 08:29 AM

Jason you forgot the end quotation mark.

Posted by: childish on November 18, 2005 03:54 PM


Posted by: sha'uri on November 18, 2005 04:58 PM

"Jason you forgot the end quotation mark.

That's how the program does it.

Posted by: Ian on November 19, 2005 11:47 AM

It's nice to know there's at least one politician that feels similar to the way you do.

Posted by: Jack on November 21, 2005 06:31 AM

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