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  •  Ticking speciousness (none)
    What about the ticking bomb scenario, where torture will help save an entire city?

    It's a specious scenario:

    It's well documented that people under torture will say whatever they believe the torturers want, just to make the pain stop. As a result, a torturer is going to get ONLY what they want to hear from the victim, which is not necessarily the truth.

    In short, torture is a very effective way to force someone to back-up the conclusion to which you've already jumped, but a completely ineffective way to find actual information. If the torturer jumped to the right conclusion, he or she may be lucky enouhg to have accidentally extracted the right facts from the wrong person.

    Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

    by mataliandy on Tue Feb 22, 2005 at 09:23:59 PM PST

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