Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

On Torture

One quick question: Has anyone thought to talk to Japanese WWII survivors who participated in torturing prisoners or to North Vietnamese who tortured American prisoners to ask them whether the torture ever actually produced any good, useful information?

Just a thought.

Otherwise, reason and common sense dictate that if you use torture as an information-gathering mechanism you are wasting your effort. As I have stated here before, if you torture someone till he is ready to confess to the Crucifixion, how reliable is that information?

Obviously it wasn't reliable enough to keep us from stepping into the mess in Iraq.


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