17 July 2015

America's reign of torture will backfire

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The use of obscene torture methods by American rulers increases global resentment toward this hypocritical regime and will cause violence against US interests.

This was the message in a recent Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) post attacking the flawed and naive analysis that informs the regime's rampant use of torture against detainees. In the post, antistatist commentator Nick Ford wrote:
A recent NDAA amendment passed in mid-June makes it a lot harder for the CIA to torture–a good step forward. But it’s also worth noting that torture isn’t “beneath us” as Oliver suggests. It’s never been “beneath” the US government to torture people, to wage unjust wars, to unjustly imprison millions of people for non-violent offenses, and so on. 
But it’s also not something that’s worked for the CIA. The alternative of rapport-building has been studied and found to be far more effective.
Ford predicts that the torture perpetrated by this criminal regime will be a key motivation in future acts of violence against Americans, noting that "the tortured are likely to hold resentments which may ultimately lead to the very acts the torture was trying to prevent. It also tarnishes America’s image abroad and creates distrust of Americans among foreign populations leading to the kind of blowback Americans suffered on 9/11."

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