Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Torture Works Again

Yet another criminal has demonstrated that torture can be an effective tool for extracting accurate information. This time the criminal in question used starvation and dehydration to break his victim over a period of six days, leaving the poor man, Neil Varley in this condition:
malnourished, dehydrated and suffering from kidney failure after he was deprived of food and water during his ordeal
So what did this torture accomplish? In addition to forcing the victim to write out checks, the torture also extracted some accurate information.
Police later recovered CCTV of Kizajev using Mr Varley's bank card to top up his mobile phone and withdraw cash.
As in previous cases, torture was used to obtain a PIN number, a type of specific, verifiable information. Unlike some people who claim to be experts on interrogation, criminals are well-aware that torture can be a viable tool for getting accurate information from a reluctant prisoner. Like all interrogation methods, success or failure depends on the who is asking the questions, the subject, the information in question, and various other factors that may differ in each case.


  1. That's some great logic there... if a criminal does it, the state certainly should. Maybe they should collect taxes at gun point.

  2. They do collect taxes at gunpoint. Try refusing to pay and see what happens.

    My arguments with regard to when and if the state should torture are pretty extensive. As with all my posts on examples of torture working, the point is not to advocate doing the same thing, but to refute those who ignorantly argue that torture cannot work to extract accurate information.

    If you are going to comment on someone else's "logic," it might be a good idea to actually have a basic understanding of what they are talking about first.

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