How far

So we have a terrorist who attempted to blow a hole in a plane. We have Al Qaeda claiming responsibility for the attack. You would think this guy has some information we could use to thwart future attacks. How far are you willing to go to get information? Personally, I’m ok with waterboarding in this rare case. This is a person who has a direct link to people who are planning to harm us. We know it works. He won’t suffer any long term effects. It just doesn’t feel like torture to me in this case. Why not?

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/12/2009122931853140354.html

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3 Responses to “How far”

  1. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    Well first it would be done in cold blood. What I mean is, if you catch a guy on the battlefield who just blew up your buddies and you know he knows some stuff, I’ve got no problem with ringing his bell a little, maybe shooting him in the leg, whatever. But to cold bloodedly set up a torture chamber, and commence with the actual torture I think is wrong. This kid is 21 years old. I think there are many other ways to make him talk. Threats, psychological games, whatever…I’m not an expert. But if our best guys can’t get a scared, disoriented, little punk to talk then we’ve got bigger problems. I just don’t think it’s right. And again, most people will say anything to make torture stop, so how do we know? How much time and resources will be wasted and how much disinformation will we get? What if he were 15? Would you torture him? Would you torture a woman? An elderly woman?

  2. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    All valid concerns and questions. I definitely don’t have the answers. I do know this. He is now lawyered up and not saying anything because we are doing things differently now.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    And there are lots of people found guilty now on death row accused of attempted murder, terrorism, etc. who had a lawyer. Tim McVeigh had a lawyer. Should he have?

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