Well that’s it. The proof is in: Torture works. I mean, jesus, imagine if hadn’t been able to get Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to confess to 9/11 and all the other terrorist acts we thought he was responsible for? The mind reels.
So I take back all my opposition to torture. Sure, this wasn’t the proverbial ticking bomb scenario, and we probably didn’t prevent any terror attacks by torturing him. And sure, the whole torture aspect does put a slight monkeywrench into the judicial processings and makes the whole thing look suspect. But…we found out that he did what we arrested him for. And that’s something, isn’t it?
So I say: Torture away! And go whole hog with it. I mean, why wait until after we have the proof before we start torturing? Doesn’t it make so much more sense to get the information when we really need it? And is it even appropriate to wait until after a crime before we start torturing? By then, it’s too late. Americans are dead and our whole society is hanging by a thread. And even waiting until after they conceive their deadly plans will have let the cat out of the bag prematurely. Ideas kill.
So I say we have no other choice than to randomly pick people up off the streets and torture them before they plan to commit their deadly terror. And I can guarantee you that if we were to eventually release any of these people, they’d be much more likely to have thought of such sinister plots once they had the chance. But with the confessions we’ll have gotten from them, that’s certainly the least of our worries. I don’t like torture any more than the next guy, but it’s absolutely the only policy a sensible person could take.