“A crime is not absolved just because it works”

May 4, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Torture | Leave a comment
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Best argument against Cheney’s claim that torture is “effective”:

Former Vice-President Dick Cheney has said that we must torture because it is effective. That is, at best, a false argument: a crime is not absolved just because it works. (After all, terrorism can be effective.) President Obama, in his press conference last week, cut through the noise to the essence of the issue. Torture, he said, “corrodes the character of a country.”

From Philip Gourevitch’s New Yorker comment, Interrogating Torture

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