Talking of Torture. (Insider report).It's an old idea -- one we thought had been discredited in the civilized world -- but the subject of torture as a tool in the war on terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act is being mooted in some Establishment media outlets. Newsweek's November 5th issue, for instance, features an ambivalent article by Jonathan Alter Jonathan Alter is a columnist and senior editor for Newsweek magazine, where he has worked since 1983. A Chicago native and resident of Montclair, New Jersey, he is also a contributing correspondent to NBC News, where since 1996 he has appeared regularly on NBC, MSNBC and entitled "Time to Think About Torture." The piece suggests that, just maybe, we should seriously consider doing "something to jump-start the stalled investigation of the greatest crime in American history." Nothing so radical as "cattle prods or rubber hoses, at least here in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. ," Alter hastens to reassure his readers. Instead, he recommends "psychological torture, like tapes of dying rabbits or high-decibel rap" or "truth serum truth serum
drug inducing one to speak uninhibitedly. [Science: Brewer Dictionary, 1105]
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a. Easily nauseated or sickened.
2. Easily shocked or disgusted.
3. Excessively fastidious or scrupulous. allies."
Alter and others are frustrated at the silence of four jailed suspects alleged to be involved with Osama bin Laden's network. The four men -- Zacarias Moussaoui, Mohammed Jaweed Azmath, Ayub Ali Khan, and Nabil Almarabh -- are being held in New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center and have so far refused to talk to FBI investigators. Walter Pincus of the Washington Post reported on October 21st that the FBI is considering "drugs or pressure tactics, such as those employed occasionally by Israeli interrogators," or extradition to "allied countries where security services sometimes employ threats to family members or resort to torture." One FBI official quoted in the Pincus article indicated that, while torture and so-called "truth serums" may not be legal now, the latter at least might become indispensable in the future: "If there is another major attack on U.S. soil, the American public could let it happen. Drugs might taint taint
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