A post for Torture Awareness Month
These are such fundamental, basis-of-civilisation truisms that I really didn't think I'd have to defend them in my lifetime, but the goalposts are moving fast.
That Santayana chap said something about learning from history, but it seems we forgot it. Faced with terrorism - evil, fanaticism and hatred - we're gleefully lowering ourselves as close to its level as we can stoop. And if torture is acceptable, what isn't? That's not a rhetorical question - I truly want to know where, if at all, pro-torture people would draw the line. What action is, to you, morally impermissible for a government?
To take only a slight tangent, we've seen London's Metropolitan Police make serious mistakes recently. That's a professional police force, highly trained and experienced in anti-terrorism, with the best possible infrastructure and communications, far removed from the "fog of war", but they still acted on erroneous information to arrest - and shoot - innocent people.
People and intelligence are fallible.
Which is why it's ridiculous to assume every Guantanamo detainee is guilty, and inexcusable to dismiss prisoner suicides as a PR stunt.
Do browse around Bloggers Against Torture. And then join in.