The case for torture

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"We wish we were making this up. Two Australian academics are about to publish a paper suggesting that torture be made legal. And, no, they are not kidding," writes magpie. "Mirko Bagaric and Julie Clarke say that torture is a 'morally defensible' interrogation method, even if it causes the death of innocent people. (Bagaric, incidentally, is the head of Deakin's law school.). Asked if he believed interrogators should be able to legally torture an innocent person to death if they had evidence the person knew about a major public threat, such as the September 11 attacks, Professor Bagaric replied: 'Yes, you could.'" Too bad they didn't bother to check and see that torture doesn't seem to actually work. (Pacific Views)

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