Does Torture Work?

March 21, 2017

On March 12, 2017 CBS-60 Minutes featured a story about a Mauritanian man named, Mohamedou Slahi, who was wrongfully imprisoned and tortured in Guantanamo Bay. 


He was held at GTMO for 15 years and was finally released once they realized that he had false ties to Al-Qaeda.  


He was subject to extreme forms of psychological and physical torture that persisted until he ultimately gave his interrogators a confession. The confession, however, was a fabrication that Slahi used to stop the torture--and it worked.  


During the interview Slahi was asked:

"Does torture work?"

"In what way," he asked, "If working's bringing pain on me, yes.  If working is giving false confessions, yes. If 'works' is giving good intelligence, no.  If it works resulting in my conviction, hello! I'm here, after 15 years and not even charged, let alone being convicted." 


Slahi was the victim of Guantanamo's then "enhanced interrogations," which were outlawed and subject to public scrutiny during the Obama administration.


While imprisoned, he developed massive psychological trauma that, according to the interview, he continues to suffer from. 


To see the full interview click here: 60 Minutes

Read and hear about his book "Guantanamo Diary" here.


The Program for Survivors of Torture has several staff that have gone to Guantanamo Bay to evaluate detainees and formulate cases against maltreatment of the prisoners.  


The Program has spoken out against torture tactics as inhumane, unethical, and ineffective.   


Click the image below to see Director Allen Keller's remarks on CNN International.








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