Comments: Ye Olde Blogaround

"How come we can't fly? It works in the movies!" Geez, do these people realize how stupid they sound?

Posted by Elayne Riggs at November 25, 2005 05:04 PM

Even my four-year-old understands the distinction between Mary Poppins and Julie Andrews (to take one example).

Part of the problem is that physical abuse and other forms of torture do work some of the time: in intelligence situations, though, the stakes for misinformation and bias confirmation (telling the interrogator what they want to hear) are so high that the error rate should be considered unacceptable.

And, as the earlier case posted by Ralph Luker should make clear to the "ticking bomb" folks (yes, that's a double-edged comment), interrogation with torture is no shortcut or time-saver.

Aside from the fact that it makes a mockery of our criminal justice system, our principles, any number of international agreements we've signed, even championed, our condemnations of penal institutions elsewhere.... it doesn't work.

I'm sorry, but if none of these arguments works, then "psychopath" may be the next necessary level of argumentation....

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at November 25, 2005 10:53 PM