Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mind you, we already knew this:

Exclusive: Senate probe finds little evidence of effective "torture" 

Here's how the article gets started:

(Reuters) - "A nearly three-year-long investigation by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats is expected to find there is little evidence the harsh 'enhanced interrogation techniques' the CIA used on high-value prisoners produced counter-terrorism breakthroughs. 
"The backers of such techniques, which include 'water-boarding,' sleep deprivation and other practices critics call torture, maintain they have led to the disruption of major terror plots and the capture of al Qaeda leaders. 
"One official said investigators found 'no evidence' such enhanced interrogations played 'any significant role' in the years-long intelligence operations which led to the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden last May by U.S. Navy SEALs." 

It has been known for a very long time that torture is not useful for obtaining intelligence. It is, rather, quite effective in obtaining false confessions.

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