The Bush Legacy, Cont’d

Via Steve Chapman is some much-needed coverage on a report from The Constitution Project on the US detainee policies under President Bush. Their finding is pretty unequivocal:

Perhaps the most important or notable finding of this panel is that it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture.

Was torture effective? I don’t think so:

In both Iraq and Afghanistan, detention operations, including use of torture by U.S. forces, were changed dramatically after they contributed to rising insurgencies and breakdowns in command authority. Aside from these strategic changes, U.S. personnel were affected by the abuse in two ways: The negative mental consequences for them after engaging in abusive tactics and negative practical consequences for their collaborations with foreign military personnel. Both influenced the efficiency and success of U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apparently Condoleezza Rice remains undeterred. Something to think about if she ever runs for higher office someday.

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