American Samizdat

Sunday, September 10, 2006. *
It's Mencken, baby! "No one ever went broke from underestimating the intelligence of the great mass of the plain people." Barnum was a piker in comparison.

And, if torture works so great, how come we don't use it for everything? Sure would cut down on those difficult embezzlement and fraud trials. That HealthSouth exec who beat his wrap would have given it all up for a little waterboard action.

Seriously: The victims of Oklahoma City got justice. So did Ted Kazcynski's victims. So did Ted Bundy's and Polly Kaas's. But, the accused got trials. Because, we want questions answered, we want the truth. When an innocent person is convicted, the guilty one goes free. A cyber buddy wrote,
I was suddenly struck dumb with the realization that perhaps the torture laws are not designed to extract truly useful, time-sensitive information that may be correct, but instead are designed to extract truly useless, timeless information that most certainly is not correct (and would never never have been uttered by anyone who was in their right mind during a righteous interrogation).

Then again, perhaps I should change my name to John Obvious....
posted by Uncle $cam at 9:32 PM
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