Dershowitz should know the "ticking time bomb" scenario is bullshit.
If I were alone in a room with Osama Bin Laden and a baseball bat and I only had 30 minutes to prevent 9/11 I would be questioning the series of circumstances that lead up to that moment. It's all well and good to imagine what you'd do in a situation that's so controlled. This guy is so convinced that torturing someone is the most expeditious and effective way of retrieving information from someone that he's willing to create a literal hell on earth.
When this shithead red blooded american was running for reelection here one of his platform catchphrases was "Illegal Immigration is Illegal"
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They can't say it, but most of the justification for torture the right wing uses is pretty much the hypothetical scenario from "24".
Notice how the senator keeps having to say "If you were alone with the terrorist before the bombs went off, what would you do, play cards with them?!" First of all, great usage of the binary answer where one choice is exactly what I want and the other is insultingly benign, but if it's BEFORE the bombings, the Tsaranevs weren't wanted criminals, so you'd just be hitting strangers with a baseball bat in hopes that one would tell you something useful. Of course torturing them now would be pointless, as they've already tried their hardest to hurt people. If they had more bombs, they would have used them.
I'm pretty sure Senator Ball wants to torture just because he's angry, not because he thinks it would actually help us in any way.
So we can torture oil execs until they admit intentionally trying to commit South American genocide?
Is there like a confession suggestion box? I want to know if Dick Cheney committed time crime.
A relevant question that Piers was never allowed to ask was "What are you qualifications upon the use of torture?" . That's a much harder question to answer than the question he chose to ask himself, "Would you go all action hero if you knew about a terror plot in advance?".
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