UPDATE: Due to some comments I’m highlighting that this is a thought experiment on my part, I do not support, and under no circumstances will ever support torture.
Yup, I’m a convert to the idea that you can extract useful information from terrorists about other terrorists to protect valiant American citizens. First up, lets start on Scott Roeder, the terrorist who murdered Dr George Tiller.
Now the FBI is investigating his links with Operation Rescue and other extremist groups, including the milita.Its careful slow and reliable intelligence gathering, but if we were to shortcut that process and waterboard him. After all he is a terrorist who may possess valuable intelligence about other terrorists, and torture might save American Lives.
So after “enhanced interrogation”, he gives up his first accomplice, convicted terrorist Shelly Shannon, currently serving a jail sentence for trying to murder Dr Tiller.
Next after waterboarding her, and based on a confession given up by Roeder, there is enough evidence to question, and interrogate the Senior Policy Advisor of Operation Rescue, Cheryl Sullenger.
She’s brought in, and questioned, then interrogated, and while initially resistant she eventually cracks, revealing that Operation Rescue is involved in terrorist campaigns, including intimidation, arson, and murder.
Other members are brought in and interrogated, and to everyone’s surprise several of them admit that Republican Members of Congress are involved….
….Hang on just a minute….
No I haven’t gone to the dark side, and I consider torture of any kind to be a war crime and a crime against humanity that should be punished by every civilised country.
In this thought experiment, I took what I thought might be true, that Scott Roeder acted as a member of Operation Rescue as a fact, and then went and tortured people until they confessed that it was the truth. But at the end I’m about to arrest half of the Republican delegation to Congress based on information I extracted.
I have no proof, all I have is information I beat out of people who in an effort to stop me torturing them told me what I wanted to hear. I’m looking forward to the day when Operation Rescue is raided by the feds, and when that happens it should be lawful, based on reliable intelligence and justified. However I could be wrong… they may not have been a part of a terrorist conspiracy, so I’d rather real proof was found, rather than manufactured confessions.