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Torture Works...to Produce Fake News (And That’s How We Got Into Iraq)


Torture Works...to Produce Fake News (And That’s How We Got Into Iraq)

Juan Cole

I told this story back in 2005 but it is a good story, has held up, and bears repeating now that President Trump is again promoting torture as “effective.” Torture is a good way to get people to tell you what they think you want to hear so that you will stop torturing them. That is, torture may occasionally turn up some good information if it is applied to someone not very clever or not very committed. But it is an excellent way to be trolled by a seasoned operative, with potentially disastrous consequences.


Torture is one of the lightning rod issues that Trump will keep bringing up to distract us from the core GOP agenda to balloon funding for increased corporate welfare for the military industrial media infotainment complex (MIMIC) while cutting funds for domestic programs, like infrastructure, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.


He appears to be instiigating a revolution, but lacks the brains to realize this!


Torture isn't an "interrogation" technique. It's a coercion technique.

The things Trump wants to reinstate are things used in war to elicit "confessions" of "war crimes" from enemy officers. Waterboarding in particular is a technique that reaches back at least to the Inquisition and for which we executed people convicted of doing it after WWII.

You cannot save America by abandoning its most fundamental principles.


The critically important information here is not that torture doesn't work; it is that Bush, Cheney, Rice and all the rest of the people in the Bush administration who took part in the lies to the citizens of the US and the rest of the world have to, must be, brought before a court of law and prosecuted. Millions of people have died, been maimed for life and numerous countries have been destroyed because of their lies. This is not to forget that torture is a national and international crime. Until all the top leaders, including those in the Obama administration, who have broken our laws are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, there is no "equal justice under law" and the US and all it claims to stand for is a mockery!


I completely agree with your view. Torture, Muslim ban are the features, he is using to distract the people while behind everyone's back GOP will kill the affordable health care. It's a trick.


Whether torture works is not the question sane people would be asking. Only psychopaths would entertain that one.


Hopefully, it will happen in time to alter the Government's headlong Moral Nosedive into a War, brought to Our Shores.

There are a lot of Fugitives from Justice, Walking our Streets and Resting in our Cemeteries, responsible for Assassinations, Wars, and Failure to uphold their Oath to Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution against all enemies Foreign and DOMESTIC.