Washington Post: Government Considering Torturing Terror Susp
hendersl at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Oct 21 14:56:26 PDT 2001
I am unclear what you are saying here Eugene. Torture is *never*
appropriate and violates not only our Constitution but also International
law , the law of war, and treaties. I don't care how "compelling" you say
the interest is. the use of sodium pentathol is perhaps another question,
but even that raises serious constitutional and human rights concerns.
At 09:25 AM 10/21/2001 -0700, you wrote:
> This is a fascinating question, but let me suggest it is composed
> of three subissues:
> (1) Physical torture, from beatings to worse.
> (2) The administration of drugs, such as sodium pentothal, that
> apparently diminish people's mental control over their speech.
> (3) Threats to innocent family members.
> My sense is that, troubling as 1 and 2 might be, the most
> troubling is item 3, because it involves intentional harm to people who
> may well be completely innocent, and harm flowing solely because of their
> relationship to the suspect. I'm certainly not wild about torture or
> even drugging, but if someone is pretty clearly guilty and the time bomb
> is ticking, the case for 1 and 2 becomes pretty strong. But 3 crosses
> such a dangerous line that I think it would have to take a lot before we
> started to do that.
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