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Argument: Torture has saved lives

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Instances in which torture is claimed to have saved lives

  • 1995 Torture of Terrorist Abdul Hakim Murad in the Philippines - Michael Slackman. "What's Wrong With Torturing a Qaeda Higher-Up?". May 16, 2004 - "1995, the police in the Philippines tortured Abdul Hakim Murad after finding a bomb-making factory in his apartment in Manila. They broke his ribs, burned him with cigarettes, forced water down his throat, then threatened to turn him over to the Israelis. Finally, from this withered and broken man came secrets of a terror plot to blow up 11 airliners, crash another into the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency and to assassinate the pope. 'It worked,' said Alan M. Dershowitz, a professor of law at Harvard who has written about the potential necessity of torture in the post-9/11 world. 'It took what is called 'torture lite' and nonlethal torture to break him down and reveal truthful information that may have saved many lives.'"
  • Dragonfire in 2002.

George tenet claims that torture has helped save many lives

  • The Economist. "The real price of freedom". Sep 20th 2007 - "Asked recently about the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation in secret prisons, George Tenet, the CIA's director until 2004, replied that the agency's widely condemned rendition programme had saved lives, disrupted plots and provided 'invaluable' information in the war against terrorism. Indeed, while denying the use of full-blown torture, he said that the programme on its own was “worth more than the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency put together have been able to tell us."

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