May 30, 2007

Torture challenge, still open

It might be worthwhile, given the current discussions about torture, etc. going on in various places, to put again the challenge I first posed 18 months ago:

"Name one time where history was changed by a truthful confession derived from torture. Doesn't have to be a ticking bomb scenario or anything, just a time where without a torture-induced confession the winning side of history would have lost. There must have been one, in all of human history, right?"

Now of course, even fewer people still read this, but even back then I never received a single suggestion. Decisive, actionable intelligence has been derived from orders found wrapped around cigars, crashed gliders, triple agents, etc. But never, as far as I've been able to determine, purely by beating it out of someone.

Posted by BruceR at 04:52 PM