Seton Hall Law School students and faculty did a report on the prisoners being held at Guantánamo Bay in 2006 and found 80% of them were innocent. Seton Hall used the information the Pentagon itself had gathered so it was hardly a case of wacky college libruls making their case out of partisan conjecture. It turns out that as cases are reviewed Seton’s numbers are holding up, The Worst of the Worst?
Now, as habeas corpus cases are processed, we finally have a basis to judge the Bush-Cheney claims about the Gitmo prisoners. The “judging” is being done by federal judges in Washington, nearly all of them conservative Republicans and quite a few appointed by George W. Bush himself. The results? The process is still ongoing. But at this moment, decisions have been rendered in 38 cases. The government was found to have had a tenable basis to hold eight Gitmo prisoners, and to have no basis in 30 cases. So far at least, the court judgments are remarkable in their coincidence with the numbers from the Seton Hall study. The judicial reviews—which have gotten far less press coverage than the scatter-shot attacks of Dick Cheney and his daughter–can be summarized this way: “Worst of the worst? Not so much.”
There have been recent news reports of Liz Cheney running for office. Thus far she is off to a great start. She lies as frequently and with the same grave conviction of her father. Integrity is obviously not a value that runs in the family.
A recent study done in Trends in Cognitive Sciences by Professor Shane O’Mara of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience in Dublin, among other evidence, found that the Cheney clan was/is wrong about the success of torture, CIA’s ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ Techniques Were Counterproductive
Professor Stephen Soldz of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, on the other hand, backed the study, saying that stress has been known for some time to impair cognitive function and memory. Many other studies have suggested severe interrogation techniques can disrupt memory processes, and a spokesman for the group Physicians for Human Rights, Dr Scott Allen, also said he has found no scientific studies supporting the use of these techniques.
To review the tortured talking points. Torture is not effective. Torture is illegal – it violates the Convention Against Torture, the War Crimes Act, and the U.S. anti-torture statute . Those with reading comprehension skills of a 10 year old child knows its illegal because the U.S. has prosecuted people who have performed torture on American soldiers. Torture does not work and even if it did, its illegal. That torture victims will tell you anything you want to hear is not an effective measure of torture results, for reasons that should be obvious. Its an exercise in simple mindedness to think of things that are quite effective at getting some kind of results, but are also immoral and illegal.