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August 26, 2009

The Ethics of Ferocity

The already indispensable Doctor Zero on the ethics of enhanced interrogation. Read the whole thing but I believe the following qualifies as a money quote.

Real Americans are not anxious to punish the people who shut down al-Qaeda’s domestic operations. While liberals wave the Justice Department’s report on CIA interrogation techniques at the rest of the world and tearfully beg them for forgiveness, the rest of us are wondering why we don’t reduce the deficit by selling the rights to these interrogations on pay-per-view. The contestants on your average Japanese game show go through more intense ordeals.

I forget if it was Mark Steyn who observed that if it is something you are prepared to undergo for the sake of a magazine article then it is not torture (pace Mr. Hitchens). I say, force everyone at Guantanamo to watch MSNBC and see how long it takes for them to break.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 26, 2009 04:44 AM