everything is broken
Bob Dylan


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