Mumbai gunman recants confession, alleges torture

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Mohammad Ajmal Amir KasabThe Associated Press has released a story this morning, Mumbai gunman recants confession, alleges torture, in which a man accused by police of being part of the Mumbai massacre in India last year is recanting his confession saying that he was tortured.  Even if he is guilty, torture can weaken the prosecution’s case.

Read the story for specifics but this is exactly the reason why torture is ineffective relative to rendering justice.  No one knows what the real story actually is if torture has been used on the "detainee".  From a justice point of view, torture is useless and in fact harms the State’s case against the alleged criminal. This is what military defense lawyers in the Guantanamo cases have been warning us about for years.  We need to listen to them. 

     

Torture is morally wrong, it is also useless in a prosecutor’s case and could ultimately set a criminal free.  I hope we get the point in this story over at the White House.  This man might be guilty but could ultimately be set free because of this.

CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)

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