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Rick Santorum Explains Torture to Torture Victim John McCain


While I may not be a fan of John McCain, I dare say his first-hand knowledge of torture would make him more of an authority on the subject than other members in Congress, certainly more than any GOP presidential contenders.

Still, that doesn't stop the hopeless wonder that is Santorum from coming up with this award winning disagreement with McCain on how torture enhanced interrogation works:

"He doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works," the former Pennsylvania senator told Hewitt. "I mean, you break somebody, and after they're broken, they become cooperative. And that's when we got this information. And one thing led to another, and led to another, and that's how we ended up with bin Laden."


Let's set aside for a moment Santorum's ponderous logic that someone who has experienced torture doesn't understand how it works. We can break this one down rather simply.

If, for example, you are repeatedly forcing someone to experience the sensation of drowning until they produce information, that person will tell you anything to make you stop, which could very well include false information that the person being tortured believes to be true.

Which, totally aside from the many, many ethical problems with torturing people, is just one of many reasons why torture doesn't work.

However, in Santorum's infantile mind, it always works just like it does in TV and the movies.

[H/T to ThinkProgress

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Posted at June 8, 2011, 7:01am