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In reading the histories of Guantanamo Bay, and of the kidnappings, extrajudicial detention and torture the US government (helped by the United Kingdom) has pursued around the world, two things become clear. The first is that these practices do not supplement effective investigation and prosecution; they replace them. Instead of a process which generates evidence, assesses it and uses it to prosecute, the US has deployed a process which generates nonsense and is incapable of separating the guilty from the innocent. The second is that far from protecting innocent lives, this process is likely to deliver further atrocities. Even if you put the ethics of such treatment to one side, it is surely evident that it makes the world more dangerous.
POSTSCRIPT: A few hours after this column went to press, the charges against Mohammed al-Qahtani were dropped, as the evidence extracted from him through torture turned out, unsurprisingly, to be worthless.
Originally posted by scarlett1125
Sorry for the title. I was just using the title of the article. However, I think it's important that we start to take notice of what our government is doing in the name of security. We are not any safer; actually, we are worse off than we were before. We are giving the terrorists reasons for their recruitment purposes. It's not too difficult to make the jump from torture to the next terrorist attack. The question is whether we will realize the damage we have done or be sheeple and believe the lies of the administration again.
Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
I have little to nothing to worry about since I've known My entire life I was being watched. I've been watching right back.
They do not generally like that when you stare them down.
[edit on 19-5-2008 by SpartanKingLeonidas]