There has been a lot in the media about Donald Trump's bigoted proposals to register all muslims and to bar all muslims from entering this country, and that's a good thing. The American people need to know about his bigotry. But something else he wants to do seems to have flown under the media's radar -- and it shouldn't have, because it is just as troubling as his bigotry. Trump says he would re-instate the use of torture if elected. Here is what he said last month at an Ohio rally:
"Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would — in a heartbeat. And I would approve more than that. Don't kid yourself, folks. It works, okay? It works. Only a stupid person would say it doesn't work."
"Believe me, it works. And you know what? , for what they're doing. It works."
Is this what we really want? Torture is not just morally reprehensible and a violation of both American and international law, it doesn't work. Trump is simply wrong about it. Here is what Professor Carl Elliott has to say about the efficacy of using torture in New Scientist:
“IF YOU torture the data long enough,” the saying goes, “it will confess to anything.” Although this is a problem for scientists, the stakes are higher for torturers. If tortured people really will tell you anything, how do you know when they are telling the truth?