Thursday, May 14, 2009

Graham: Torture works because we used it for 500 years

If it was good enough for the Spanish Inquisition, apparently it's good enough for Lindsay Graham. Or, as he puts it starting at 0:26, the reason it's survived for five hundred years is because it works.

Graham is quickly distinguishing himself as one of the foremost pseudo-opponents of torture in the Senate. He'll say that he deplores it, he just doesn't want to do anything about the torturers, and he is interested in taking every chance to prove that torture was justified when Bush did it..

But what was most telling about this quote is how he justifies torture. We know it works, because it was used all the way back to the Spanish Inquisition.

Of course, what were they doing in the Spanish Inquisition? Were they trying to get information? No. They tortured people until they said what the church wanted them to say.

In other words, Graham proves what real torture opponents have been saying for years: it doesn't work because the victim will say whatever the torturers want him to say.

Thanks for proving our case, Lindsay.

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Anonymous Burr Deming said...

If you follow his reasoning, Senator Graham's logic depends on folks being guilty of witchcraft.

May 16, 2009 3:17 PM  

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