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Agonizing Issue: is torture ever justified in military interrogations of terror suspects?

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Agonizing Issue: is torture ever justified in military interrogations of terror suspects? nterview with Charles Knight, Co-director, Project on Defense Alternatives and Alfred P. Rubin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, transcript edited by Jim Cronin, The Boston Globe Magazine, 30 January 2005, (printable .pdf file). "The United States is now training hundreds, maybe thousands, of new interrogators. Abusive relationships traumatize both the victim and the abuser. We are training and having our own people experience this abuse, and they will be returning home to our communities. We know from domestic abuse that this abusive pattern can be replicated through generations."

 

By Project on Defense Alternatives , US.

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The Iraqi election "bait and switch": faulty poll will not bring peace or US withdrawal

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The Iraqi election "bait and switch": faulty poll will not bring peace or US withdrawal by Carl Conetta. PDA Briefing Report #17, January 2005. Problems of bias, insecurity, and voter confusion have undermined the democratic value of the election. Nonetheless, it will win greater international legitimacy for the US mission and enable more vigorous counter-insurgency operations. US withdrawal will not soon occur. The memo examines likely electoral outcomes and the factors shaping the new Iraqi government. An addendum summarizes Iraqi public opinion regarding the occupation and US forces.

 

By Project on Defense Alternatives , US.

Defense Policy Resource.