Sunday, March 5, 2006

Stress, duress, confess, the press

Mohammad al-Qahtani, the so-called "20th hijacker" who would have been on the 9/11 flight that ended up crashing into a Pennsylvania field instead of the White House, is reportedly taking back his confession, saying it was coerced under torture.

Some will look at this case and say, see, it's an example of why torture should not be used in a democratic society. Others will say, see, it's an example of why we shouldn't allow normal legal proceedings for suspected terrorists or for the press to report freely on military activities.

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