April 24, 2009 — 5 Comments

Lets take away the arguments for and against the use of torture by the US Government as a legitimate tool in the fight against terrorists, and lets consider the effectiveness of the favored method of “waterboarding.”

The argument for waterboarding is that it’s an effective way of breaking prisoners, and gaining vital intelligence information.

And yet

“CIA interrogators used waterboarding at least 266 times on Zubaydah and Mohammed.”

If it’s so effective, why do you need to use in 266 times? Surely if it is effective, a couple of times, maybe a dozen max, but 266 times?

Where’s the real case that waterboarding works?

I can’t remember where I read it, but it was a fair point: the Allies sent Japanese to the gallows for using the same techniques during World War 2. What does it say about the United States that what was once condemned, is now passed off as acceptable.