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Does Torture Work?$
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John W. Schiemann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190262365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262365.001.0001

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(p.223) 14 Postscript
Does Torture Work?

John W. Schiemann

Oxford University Press

On December 9, 2014, after the previous chapters had been largely written, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the summary of its investigation into on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Republican members of the committee submitted their own report challenging the majority’s findings. The CIA also published its own response. This Postscript compares the benchmarks of the pragmatic model and the predictions of the RIT model with the findings in all three reports. While the CIA and Republican responses are able to point to some minor and corroborative information provided under torture, there is no instance anything near to the sort of information supporting the pragmatic model’s claims of reliably generating reliable (valuable) information on imminent threats. Thus, in addition to violating the frequency and severity benchmarks, the CIA program failed to meet the information reliability benchmark—the only possible justification for interrogational torture.

Keywords:   Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, CIA, detention and interrogation, interrogational torture

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