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Monday, December 22, 2008

Torture Report
 
The bi-partisan report of the Senate Armed Services Committee concludes that the torture (or "enhanced interrogation techniques") of suspected terrorists proved ineffective. That's not to say torture failed to break people down. Rather, it failed to produce reliable information. Someone subject to physical or psychological coercion will often tell his interrogators whatever he thinks they want to hear. False confessions result. The committee report is welcome, but it teaches lessons that were long known.
 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tragic Numbers
 
The number of DNA exonerations of people convicted of crimes has reached 225. And, the Innocence Project reports, roughly one fourth had confessed or pled guilty. Anyone who doubts the reality of false confessions should chew on those numbers.
 
8:52 am est

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

End Torture
 
An end to American policy of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against suspected terrorists is at hand. When President-elect Obama was a state legislator in Illinois, he led the fight for mandatory videotaping of interrogations. This is a man who understands the phenomenon of false confessions.
 
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