extreme ways


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

the torture never stops

“The usual purpose of torture by state actors has not been the extraction of intentionally withheld information in the long-term memory systems of the noncompliant and unwilling. Instead, its purposes have been manifold: the extraction of confessions under duress, the subsequent validation of a suborned legal process by the predeterminedly guilty (‘they confessed!’), the spreading of terror, the acquisition and maintenance of power, the denial of epistemic beliefs.”
-- Shane O’Mara, Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation