torture works

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Andrew Sullivan's Quote of the Day from earlier this week began:

Torture "works" in that torture victims speak. The information gained is notoriously unreliable, however, as noted since the time of Aristotle.

Aristotle's Rhetoric does indeed mention the unreliability of torture:

...people under its compulsion tell lies quite as often as they tell the truth, sometimes persistently refusing to tell the truth, sometimes recklessly making a false charge in order to be let off sooner. [...] trust can be placed in evidence under torture.

(Book I, Chapter 15)

So much for conservatives honoring the wisdom of the past, eh?

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