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10/15/05 12:25 PM
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Edited: 15-Oct-05
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http://www.usafa.af.mil/jscope/JSCOPE03/Arrigo03.html Some interesting stuff on the efficacy of interrogation from police-style torture to brainwashing tech. Perhaps for me the most salient point was: " The moral error in reasoning from in the ticking bomb scenario arises from weighing the harm to the guilty terrorist against the harm to the prospective innocent victims. Instead, the harm to innocent terrorist victims should be weighed against the breakdown of key social institutions and the state-sponsored torture of many innocents. Stated most starkly, the damaging social consequences of a program of torture interrogation evolve from institutional dynamics that are independent of the original moral rationale." IOW, the power to ad-hoc torture leads to the state using it on whoever they want, even if the reason has nothing to do with why they got the power in the first place. Thoughts?

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