In his May 7 Other Views column, Ugly truth: Sometimes, torture works, Glenn Garvin says that torture can be effective, and that we should replace a utilitarian test of it with a moral one. But history shows that torture doesn’t make society safer. Rather, it falls primarily on the innocent and makes society oppressive. The evidence clearly shows that our nation has tortured numerous people to death since 9/11, and professional interrogators say that torture produces bad evidence.
Torture creates more terrorism than√ it might ever prevent. It is self-serving to think that our torture is any different than that of China, Iran or any other state. Whatever the specific facts in the bin Laden case, which are disputed, torture is both morally and practically unconscionable. It should be abolished everywhere.
Steven Wetstein, Amnesty International, Miami chapter, Miami