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|Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:30 pm Post subject: Torture is immoral.. but does it even work?
|Yvonne Ridley was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 and held for 10 days.
She has now written a book, TORTURE, DOES IT WORK?
She focuses in particular on the way in which the US has circumvented the Geneva Convention.
In particular the US opened Guantanamo Bay detention camp in 2002. The classified nature of what happens there means the US practises torture on suspects there in private whilst publicly saying it is against such torture.
The US has also renamed torture methods, again so it can get round the Geneva Convention. Practices such as waterboarding are now called "enhanced interrogation techniques."
Ridley does question however whether torture is even "effective." She points out that "false intelligence fabricated by torture victims was a catalyst" in America's invasion of Iraq (Horncastle 2016).
The book, published by Military Studies Press, is well worth a read.