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Fred Barnes Thinks Some Torture Techniques Useful

Reported by Deborah - December 17, 2005

Fred Barnes stated that some interrogation techniques like water boarding might be useful for dangerous terror suspects. He thought water boarding was a good one because it "gives the sensation of drowning without drowning." 12/17/05

Barnes didn't discuss who would decide which detainees got water boarded or even who decided which people got detained indefinitely. There seems to be an assumption by many that once someone is arrested and detained for terror involvement, they are automatically guilty. What about the mistakes.

Here's a horrifying story of a U.S. citizen who was arrested by mistake and brutally tortured. Maybe in his case water boarding might have been better than ripping out his fingernails.

Jimmy Carter talks about the many children being held as terror suspects in his book, Our Endangered Values. Maybe the 12 year old child asking for his Mother had a chance to experience the benefits of water boarding.

comment: How have we reached the point where the value of torture is an issue considered worthy of debate?

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