With the argument for legalizing torture taking center stage recently (in between the swine flu coverage, that is), there are no shortages of opinion on it. This polarizing issue has elicited some heated exchanges. Some take direct aim at the CIA over the legalization issue, including Christopher Hitchens, who was famously water-boarded last year. Others ask if the American public is desensitized to the entire issue at this point.
Dustin Ells Howes offers another perspective. In his recent guest column for the Times-Picayune, he asks the question "How effective is torture?" Dustin's piece offers a thoughtful contribution in the debates over torture.
Dustin is the author of Toward a Credible Pacifism: Violence and the Possibilities of Politics (available in October) and contributed to the SUNY Press Blog earlier this year.