“we can’t take American assurances that they do not torture detainees at face value”

Story: British MP’s raise torture concerns

So some politicians have finally noticed that when one group of people define torture so that it includes waterboarding and another group defines torture so that it excludes waterboarding, then the word torture itself becomes stripped of substance in terms of the debate over the ethical and humane treatment of prisoners (let alone which techniques are actually effective at intelligence-gathering).

Took them long enough.

Categories: culture wars, ethics & philosophy, Politics


1 reply

  1. *groan* What this does mean is that terrorist suspects will be the only ones NOT subject to the automatic US extradition agreement brought in supposedly for them but since applied to such threats to national security as the Natwest three. In the UK, the courts wont even allow deportation of illegal immigrants if there is the possibility they will be tortured on their return home.

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