Torture is illegal, immoral and it does not work.
“Torture is illegal under the Geneva Conventions, the U.N. Convention Against Torture, the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Army Field Manual.”
“Fortunately our choice is not between practicing torture and becoming victims of terrorism. Torture is a response of fear and despair. We can choose instead to respond with courage and hope. We can act humanely. We can obey the rule of law.”
Torture is immoral. All three branches of Abrahamic tradition agree.
And the experts at the Pentagon and intelligence experts worldwide agree that resorting to torture produces flawed intelligence and “torture and abuse cost American lives.”
“We need to return to an ethic of responsibility and accountability that is critical if citizens are to have faith in their government and the world is to respect this nation. This is not just a matter of the rule of law.
This is a matter of national security.” http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/30/gross.torture.law/
“If the law is discarded in the fight against terror,
terrorists can rack up a win.”
~Peter Weiss Center for Constitutional Rights. www.ccrjustice.org
I’m Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq
Until we renounce the sorts of abuses that have stained our national honor, al-Qaeda will be winning.
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