Mark Kleiman discusses his views on torture:
A reader writes to ask if I’m really certain that torture never produces true and valuable information.
Of course not. Indeed, I’m sure that the opposite is true. It would be astonishing if torture were nevereffective.
But the fact that torture is often not merely unproductive but counterproductive, and that the instances were it would be beneficial are so hard to pick out from the rest, makes a strong pragmatic case against it to go along with the absolutist moral case against it.
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