"President Bush today will veto legislation meant to ban the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics and will argue that the agency needs to use tougher methods than the U.S. military to wrest information from terrorism suspects, administration officials said....
"'The bill would take away one of the most valuable tools on the war on terror: the CIA program to detain and question key terrorist leaders and operatives,' White House spokesman tony Fratto said yesterday."
There are a couple of problems with what Mr. Fratto is saying on Mr. Bush's behalf.
For obvious reasons, there is great debate over whether torture even works, because desperate people facing the pain of torture and fear of imminent mutilation or death might actually lie to stop the pain.
In that case, torture can actually result in the extraction of false intelligence, which could cause problems for our boys.
Why should torture concern us ordinary citizens? Because all anyone has to do detain you for being a suspected terrorist (a political enemy or even just someone who made a mistake) -- and you could be subject to the horrors of pain and mutilation.
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