When "Torture" Is Moral
"To be sure," Taylor writes, "the Bush administration has shown that it cannot be trusted to respect the current legal prohibitions on torture and near-torture."
Legal prohibitions of "near-torture"?
"We've come a long since 2002," writes Taylor, when Nancy Pelosi uttered nary a peep about rough interrogation methods. Yes, a long way toward collective amnesia.
It has been well documented and testified to that so-called waterboarding worked very well to elicit information that prevented terrorist attacks against this country, as even Taylor notes. Whatever the Bush Administration has done, it deserves some credit for preventing another devastating terrorist attack on the U.S. mainland these last six years.
Tactics such as waterboarding et al. ought to be used rarely and sparingly, but they should not be outright outlawed.
Criminalizing interrogation techniques that have been shown effective is self-defeating and stupid. If pouring a little water up a terrorist's nose elicits information that saves the lives of hundreds or thousands of Americans -- good. You don't get better trade-offs than that.