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Torture, while often billed as (and believed strongly by much of the public to be) a tool for obtaining vital information from captured enemies, is in fact primarily a tool for inspiring fear in the enemy and sometimes for obtaining false confessions for use as propaganda.

Despite repeated claims of those who use torture, there is no evidence that it actually works to obtain accurate information; its victims will say whatever they think the torturers want to hear.

More importantly, though, those who use it are lowering themselves to the moral level of the terrorists they claim to be fighting.


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