ThinkProgress points out how torture doesn’t just hurt the victim, and doesn’t just destroy our national soul. It also keeps terrorists from being prosecuted:
Susan Crawford, the “top Bush administration official in charge of deciding whether to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to trial,” tells Bob Woodward in today’s Washington Post that the United States military tortured Mohammed al-Qahtani, one of the planners of the 9/11 attacks. As a result, Crawford decided the U.S. could not prosecute Qahtani.
Crawford, the convening authority for the military commissions trying detainees at Guantanamo, explained that she refused to bring Mohammed al-Qahtani to trial precisely because he was tortured, and even when charges were offered based on evidence allegedly not obtained through torture, Crawford didn’t feel confident bringing charges.
“He’s a very dangerous man,” Crawford said. “What do you do with him now if you don’t charge him and try him?”
Conservatives claim that torture makes us safer, but in fact it makes us weaker. It undermines our moral authority in the world at large, it prevents us from prosecuting people who plotted to wage war against us.