Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Torture Gets Results... Wrong Ones

From the NYTimes:

U.S. law enforcement agents working at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, concluded that controversial interrogation practices used there by the Defense Department produced intelligence information that was "suspect at best," an FBI agent told a superior in a memo in May last year.

But the Justice Department, which reviewed the memo for national security secrets before releasing it to a civil liberties group in December, redacted the FBI agent's conclusion.

Those in the government who believe that torture tactics aren't so bad when used to fight the war on terror (Alberto Gonzales, Dick Cheney, others) should think about whether or not the info gleaned from torturing suspects is worth a damn.

Some of the detainees have been held for three years, without being charged with a crime. I'm all for holding terrorists... but if you can't prove they did anything, and you can't get any useful information from them after THREE YEARS, maybe it's time to let them go.

Studies indicate somebody will say almost anything after being tortured for an amount of time. After three years, the intelligence coming out of these enemy combatants' mouths must be as crazy and unreliable as Bush's plan for Social Insecurity.

And whatever intelligence that could be gained is THREE YEARS OLD.

So why are these people being held without being charged? Charge them already. Put them through a court system, if you've got any proof, any proof at all.

How can America be a beacon of freedom if we enslave people and torture them?

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