On the question of torture: Solid research reveals that no useful intelligence is gained in this manner and that people will say anything to stop the pain and terror when they are being tortured. Why, oh why, has no one been shouting out about this stunning contradiction?
In trying to make sense of something that is beyond my understanding, I wonder: Could it be that this administration is guilty of schadenfreude? They are imperialist bullies, after all, the flip side of which is cowardice. The Bush administration is not willing to put the lives of their children or themselves on the line, and they are so cool about the atrocities of which they are guilty that one suspects sadism is likely a factor in this cruel and heartless behavior.
Why do they want a stamp of approval on torture, when they know it will provide no useful intelligence and will make us less safe when all is said and done? They suffer, I believe, an egotistical pathology which, in their collective insanity, puts them above the law and permits, even rewards, wholesale slaughter of thousands of good and decent human beings — Americans and Iraqis both.
But where is the media on this very basic issue of the real purpose of torture?
— Marjorie Loring Gauley, Newbury Park