Friday, February 06, 2009

Torture is illegal and dumb

"However ruthless or disrespectful our foes, however seemingly persuasive the argument to resort to atrocity, however acute the dilemmas we face, there remains a fundamental incoherence in the idea that we can sacrifice our morality nobly. That is a rule that has not changed, nor ever will. Human rights are the object of terrorist attacks, and they are integral to the credibility of any counter- terrorist response. Torture is not only illegal, unethical, ineffective, cruel and counter-productive, it is also dumb." —Lord Guthrie, former Chief of Defence Staff

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