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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:33 PM

6. Republicans so strongly defend torture as a means of obtaining reliable information.

No wonder. They would look like fools if they didn't believe or at least pretend to believe that from torture reliable information can be obtained. Think about this:

Extraordinary rendition was also a factor in one of the greatest intelligence blunders of the Bush years. Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a Libyan national and top al Qaeda operative who was detained in Pakistan in late 2001, was later sent by the U.S. to Egypt. There, under the threat of torture, he alleged that Saddam Hussein had trained al Qaeda in biological and chemical warfare. He later withdrew the claim, but not before the U.S. invaded Iraq in part based on his faulty testimony.


We have known that torture extracts a lot of erroneous information, but a war fought in reliance on allegations obtained by torture? Even if those allegations weren't the entire basis for the war, how stupid can you get? Of course, Republicans don't want to admit just how bad it is.

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