Thursday, June 08, 2006

Torture still doesn't work

The brave Spanish judge who tried to prosecute General Pinochet a few years ago has called for the closure of the U.S. prison at Guantánamo. Baltasar Garzón noted that his country had some experience in the use of torture and that Spain discovered that torture doesn't work.

The United States will never have the respect of other nations as long our government tortures people. This practice is black mark on our country. Has our government produced a single useful piece of information it gained by torturing someone? And even if such information exists, does it justify the sacrifice of our Constitution's protection against cruel and unusual punishment? When our citizens get tortured what principle will we invoke to condemn the torturers? The "principle" of hypocrisy?

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