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The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers. Denis Diderot
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. James Anthony Froude
Those who tortured me had no right to inflict such humiliation on a human being, physically upon my person, and morally upon themselves. Djamila Bouhired
I'm not for it [waterboarding torture] but it doesn't have anything to do with the Constitution .... Just as the Constitution is silent about lots of other horrible things. Antonin Scalia
They can't just tell everybody else to ignore all the other meanings that it's accrued.. Edward L. Ayers
[The new Congolese] security forces committed unlawful killings, torture, beatings, acts of rape, extortion and other abuses, largely with impunity. U. S. State Department
Unless something drastic is done very soon, then bloodshed and violence are going to happen…almost inevitably… A people made desperate by despair and injustice and oppression will use desperate means. Desmond Tutu
The thing that should be used very freely is the lash, for it is bodily pain the native fears. He fears nothing else. E.A.O. Schwikkard
The cruelties committed against the Hottentots exceed everything that is said about it in Cape Town or what can be imagined. William Janssens
…cold and rude slaves would hardly consider privation of life as a punishment, unless accompanied by such cruel circumstances as greatly aggravate their bodily suffering. South Africa
In the last 50 years, more Muslims have been killed and tortured by other Muslims than by all the external powers. Irshad Manji
Rape and other forms of sexual violence were used in Kosovo in 1999 as weapons of war and instruments of systematic "ethnic cleansing." Rapes were not rare and isolated acts committed by individual Serbian or Yugoslav forces, but rather were used deliberately as an instrument to terrorize the civilian population, extort money from families, and push people to flee their homes. Rape also furthered the goal of forcing ethnic Albanians from Kosovo. Human Rights Watch International
They are against nature and the principles of liberty Bernardo O'Higgins
Prison … for the detention of persons and not for flagellating them or undermining their health. Pedro I
Cut off heads for me! Cut off heads for me! The French Revolution cut off forty thousand, and for all that the population did not diminish. Carlota Joaquina Teresa
My mind revolts and my soul cannot support the weight of so much evil: theft, rape, pillage, deaths, and murders, fires and devastation; the virgin violated, the cry of the widow and the orphan; the father armed against his son and each one looking for his brother to kill him; of those who have migrated; of the thousands who have fled; of the bodies stretched out in the public streets; of the bones which cover the fields and of so much blood shed on Venezuela’s soil. Narciso Coll y Pratt
Institutions can eventually overcome all the legal barriers erected to shield perpetrators of crimes against humanity Justice was finally done where it needed to be done – in Argentina itself. Jose Miguel Vivanco
The norm was to kill everyone who was kidnapped. And anyone kidnapped was tortured … torture didn’t always work. It left people too destroyed …Torture is eternal. It has always existed and always will. It is an essential part of the human being …. Not one innocent person passed through my hands. Julian the Turk; Julio Hector Simon
History’s most important lesson is that it has not been possible to make coercion compatible with the truth. John H. Langbein
Reconciliation does not mean covering history with a blanket. Reconciliation means truth, justice and love. Justice without love can degenerate into vengeance. We need to know the truth for medicinal reasons, so that what happened … will never happen again. Miguel Esteban Hesayne
It has always worried me that certain men of the Church have not understood that torture is never humane or Christian. Miguel Esteban Hesayne
The Sword and its law have existed from the beginning of the world. The use of force can never prevent heresy. Martin Luther
Democracies have no business running secret prisons. That's what our enemies do…. Real security begins with remembering who we are. We gain nothing by adopting the methods of our enemies. Bob Schieffer
I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth. Thomas Jefferson
No one shall be sentenced to death, tortured or otherwise treated in a manner violating human dignity. Finland
The Congress may no more regulate the president's ability to detain and interrogate enemy combatants than it may regulate his ability to direct troop movements on the battlefield Jay S. Bybee
I know for a fact that torture is not productive. That’s not professional interrogation. We don’t do torture. Porter Goss
As one reads history, not in the expurgated editions written for schoolboys and passmen, but in the original authorities of each time, one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime. Oscar Wilde
A reasonable investigation is necessarily one free of torture, free of cruel, inhuman treatment of the subject and free of any degrading handling whatsoever Aharon Barak
If a community decides this is how you're going to dress and these are the punishments, who are we to say different? Phillip Mayfield
Anyone and everyone eventually confesses under torture. Peter Maguire
Covert action should not be confused with missionary work. Henry A. Kissinger
They can send us to prison, but they cannot silence us. The truth cannot be silenced. Roy Bourgeois
54,000 Latin American soldiers graduated from the School of the Americas since 1986. These soldiers are known to commit atrocities and execute torture techniques Shirley Way
Torture arises in societies afflicted with a culture of dehumanization. Steven Miles
Most Latin Americans were dumbfounded by U.S. actions at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. government has long scolded Latin American countries for their violations of human rights and their shabby judicial procedures, but it suddenly seemed to be playing by a different set of rules when its own security was at stake. Peter Hakim
We do not send detainees to countries if we believe that they will be tortured. Barry Lowenkron
The Usage of Torture is contrary to all the Dictates of Nature and Reason; even Mankind itself cries out against it, and demands loudly the total Abolition of it. Catherine II
We Europeans do not sit at the table with torturers. Jean-Claude Juncker
A once-born man (a Sudra), who insults a twice-born man with gross invective, shall have his tongue cut out; for he is of low origin. If he arrogantly teaches Brahmanas their duty, the king shall cause hot oil to be poured into his mouth and into his ears Manu
The Bolshevik Smidovich gave a written promise to spare the lives of those Junkers who surrendered, and then allowed the prisoners to be beaten to death one by one. … General Dukhonin surrendered to Krylenko, who in turn offered Dukhonin no protection as he was torn limb from limb before his very eyes. The murderers remained unpunished. Julius Martov; Yuliy Osipovich Tsederbaum
We [Arabs] export not only oil but techniques and tools of torture. Our states, run by ministries of the interior and the security services, are regimes bereft of legitimacy and based on violations of dignity and human rights. Khaled Chouket
Executive detention of subversive citizens, like detention of enemy soldiers to keep them off the battlefield, may sometimes be justified to prevent persons from launching or becoming missiles of destruction. It may not, however, be justified by the naked interest in using unlawful procedures to extract information. Incommunicado detention for months on end is such a procedure. Whether the information so procured is more or less reliable than that acquired by more extreme forms of torture is of no consequence. For if this Nation is to remain true to the ideals symbolized by its flag, it must not wield the tools of tyrants even to resist an assault by the forces of tyranny. John Paul Stevens
It is during our most challenging and uncertain moments that our nation's commitment to due process is most severely tested; and it is in those times that we must preserve our commitment at home to the principles for which we fight abroad Sandra Day O'Connor
The Saud family “worship money and spend it on palaces, not mosques.” If you accept what they say, they will make you rich. Otherwise, they will persecute and even torture you. Juhaiman Saif al Otaiba
Muslims everywhere behave with equal savagery. They behead criminals, stone to death female - only female - adulteresses, throw acid in the faces of women who refuse to wear the chador, mutilate the genitals of young girls and ritually abuse animals. Robert Kilroy-Silk
Islam never invented the rack or the stake for stifling difference of opinion, or strangling the human conscience, or exterminating heresy Allama Abdullah Al-Mamun Al-Suehrawardy
The Vice President is not the Vice President of Torture. Lindsey Graham
Torture is in the eyes of the beholder. Porter Goss
No information that we could ever obtain by torture and inhumane methods could ever balance the damage that such practices would cause us. George W. Vessey Jr.
Silence is health! Anonymous
This is clearly apparent from the unheard of and iniquitous proceedings issued against the Templars, which contain no justice but rather savage tyranny, since they were arrested without warning, suddenly without right or judgment being made, shamefully and dishonorably incarcerated with destructive rage, afflicted with taunts, the gravest threats, and various sorts of torture, compelled to die or produce absurd lies which they knew nothing about, wrongly given into the hands of their enemies, who force them through those torments to read out a foul, filthy and lying list which cannot be conceived by human ears and should not enter the human heart. But when the brothers refuse to produce these lies, although they know absolutely nothing about them, the torments of the attendants who press them daily force them to speak the lies, saying that they must recite them before the Jacobins and assert that they are true if they wish to preserve their lives and obtain the king's plentiful grace. Anonymous
We Argentines are human! We Argentines are right! Anonymous
We will fight in the shadows so that our children will live in the sunlight. Anonymous
The very word torture is a disgrace to the human race. Alexander I
Torture is a very humiliating experience. The goal is not to obtain information but to punish and break you so that you won't do anything against the authorities. You are made an example to others so that they will be too terrified to do anything either. Isabel Allende
This whole country is a graveyard, and we are all constantly walking on the bones Juan Carlos Androver
Mary Turner had made unwise remarks … and the people, in their indignant mood, took exception to her remarks, as well as her attitude. Associated Press
It is indeed better … that men should be led to worship God by teaching, than that they should be driven to it by fear of punishment or pain; but it does not follow that because the former course produces the better men, therefore those who do not yield to it should be neglected. For many have found advantage … in being first compelled by fear or pain, so that they might afterwards be influenced by teaching… Saint Augustine
War is a last and terrible defense of even a righteous cause, and sets at defiance all the ordinary laws and customs of society. Lafayette C. Baker
If crimes have been committed it is necessary to investigate. They say that the number of victims have been exaggerated, but one case is enough. Cain slew Abel only once. Christ only once was crucified. Jorge Luis Borges
An unfrightened prisoner makes an unlikely informer. Mark Bowden
As he understood it, word had leaked out about torture sessions conducted by a CIA agent, and the U.S. government was embarrassed. Mark Bowden
Fear works. It is more effective than any drug, tactic, or torture device. Mark Bowden
Men are herd animals, and prefer to go with the flow, especially when moving in the other direction is harsh. Mark Bowden
I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture … and we are leading this fight by example. George W. Bush
A nation creates itself not just with what it remembers, but with what it forgets. Oscar Camilion
Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured, but we can reduce the number of tortured children. Albert Camus
The torture situation is an external conflict, a contest between the subject and his tormentor … drive him [the subject] deeper and deeper into himself until he is no longer able to control his responses in an adult fashion. Central Intelligence Agency
Detention in a controlled environment and perhaps for a lengthily period is frequently essential to a successful counterintelligence interrogation of a recalcitrant source. Central Intelligence Agency
If the person does not feel guilt he is not in his own mind guilty and will not confess …. Confession in such a case can come only with duress. Central Intelligence Agency
Prior headquarters approval must be obtained for the interrogation of any subject against his will [or] … if bodily harm is to be inflicted [or] if medical, chemical, or electrical methods or materials are to be used. Central Intelligence Agency
Torture of a person anywhere in the world causes humanity everywhere in the world to suffer. Ariel Dorfman
A convict is not to be scourged until the flesh fall from his body and he die under the lash, though he may have committed a hundred offenses, for each of which, separately, a whipping of twenty stripes might be inflicted. Stephen J. Field
The Turkish Army will not allow itself to be bound hand and foot by democracy and human rights. Ahmet Gorekci
Torture is the particular bane of the terrorist …. Reports of results are magnificent. France
AIDS killed him, but our health care system tortured him. Howard W. Hiatt
Pakistan is a democracy. We cannot do anything against human rights. Mushastaid Hussain
Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites. Thomas Jefferson
I do not wish to sit at the same table with a bunch of torturers. Jean-Claude Juncker
Can nothing be done to waken our Christian land from its lethargy regarding the suffering and dreadful wrongs endured by our helpless fellow-Christians in Africa? Will you all allow them to continue to be murdered and tortured … merely because … it will cost a little diplomacy, a little effort, and perhaps a little expense to secure them the best rights due to humanity. Alexander Mackay
We should be artistic in causing harm to them [dissidents.] Ali Hassan Majeed
This is an fascist society. We have to change its authoritarian structure …. And in the process we have to let a lot of people get away with crimes. Jaime Malamud
Autumn rain and autumn wind sadden us. Chiu Chin
I believe my client was tortured…his will was overcome by coercive means. Tom Fleener
I am responsible but not guilty! Emilio E. Massera
Communism of every type and stripe brings with it an ideological straight jacket. Thought control, brain-washing, censorship, imprisonment, exile, mental and physical torture are the indispensable weapons of Communist rule. George Meany
Anyone caught with tobacco will be tortured until he gives up the name of his supplier. Alexei Mikhailovitch
Assuming you get useful information from torture, then why not always use torture? Why stop at the bomb that’s already been planted and people who know where the explosives are? Why not people who are building the explosives, or people who are donating money, or transferring the funds for the explosives? Why stop at the victim himself? Why not torture the victims’ families, their relatives, their neighbors? If the end justifies the means, then where would you draw the line? Jessica Montell
School for Tortures and Assassins Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
The country is called to the practice of new customs. The walls and surfaces must be cleaned. But minds too must be cleansed, for that is where the error was born. La Prensa [Argentina]
You have been adopted by Amnesty. That proves you are a subversive. Amnesty only adopts [the cases of] subversives. Pio Laghi
The cycle of impunity must be broken …. Authorities must be held responsible …. Without accountability, democracy cannot be consolidated. We will remove the veil of impunity that covers the truth. Leo Valladares Lanza
I am a proponent of capital punishment. I am not a proponent of capital torture. Fred A. Leuchter Jr.
We need to know how taxpayer dollars are being used to support torture and human rights abuses. Dennis Kucinich
… whose hatred of the Jews in unbridgeable. Michael Koubi
There’s an old Arab saying … Let one hundred mothers cry, but not my mother – but better my mother than me. Michael Koubi
We can’t legalize torture; it’s contrary to American values…. We’ll have to think about transferring some suspects to our less squeamish allies, even if that’s hypocritical. Nobody said this was going to be pretty. Jonathan Alter
What right, then, but that of power, can authorize the punishment of a citizen so long as there remains any doubt of his guilt? This dilemma is frequent. Either he is guilty, or not guilty. If guilty, he should only suffer the punishment ordained by the laws, and torture becomes useless, as his confession is unnecessary. If he be not guilty, you torture the innocent; for, in the eye of the law, every man is innocent whose crime has not been proved Cesare Beccaria
The torture of a criminal during the course of his trial is a cruelty consecrated by custom in most nations. It is used with an intent either to make him confess his crime, or to explain some contradiction into which he had been led during his examination, or discover his accomplices, or for some kind of metaphysical and incomprehensible purgation of infamy, or, finally, in order to discover other crimes of which he is not accused, but of which he may be guilty Cesare Beccaria
It is hard to imagine, considering the inherent silliness, cruelty and superstition of the human race, how it has contrived to last as long as it has. The witch-hunting, the torturing, the gullibility, the massacres, the intolerance, the wild futility of human behaviour over the centuries is hardly credible. And the laws, as they stand today, are almost inconceivably stupid. With all this brilliant scientific knowledge of atom splitting and nuclear physics, etc., we are still worshipping at different shrines, imprisoning homosexuals, imposing unnecessary and completely irrelevant restrictions on each other. Hearts can be withdrawn from human beasts, dead hearts, and, after a little neat manipulation, popped back again as good as new. The skies can be conquered. Sputniks can whiz round and round the globe and be controlled and guided. People are still genuflecting before crucifixes and Virgin Marys, still persecuting other people for being coloured or Jewish or in some way different from what they apparently should be. There are wars being waged at this very moment in Indonesia, Algeria, the Middle East, Cyprus, etc. The Pope still makes pronouncements against birth control. The Ku-Klux-Klan is still, if permitted, ready to dash out and do some light lynching. God, for millions of people, is still secure in his heaven, and My Fair Lady opened in London last night. Noel Coward
Some of our men cut off the heads of their enemies … others tortured them longer by casting them into flames. Piles of heads, hands, and feet were to be seen in the streets of the city …. In the Temple and Porch of Solomon, men rode in blood up to the knees and bridle reigns. Raymond d'Aguiliers
If you are strong, and if you have a strong logic, you can convince people by your ideas. Torture means your logic is very weak, so you need power to impose on others. Nawal El Saadawi
If my son were to oppose the Catholic Church, I myself would carry the faggots to burn him. Philip II
If torture is the only means of obtaining the information necessary to prevent the detonation of a nuclear bomb in Times Square, torture should be used—and will be used—to obtain the information. Richard A. Posner
Act of Faith Spanish Inquisition
If you fell down, you were dead. Lester Tenny
Religious pacifists were confined in unsanitary guardhouses—sometimes in unheated cells during winter months, without blankets …. Men were … beaten, pricked or stabbed with bayonets, jerked about with ropes around their necks, threatened with summary execution, tortured by various forms of the “water cure.” Norman Thomas
I was given several types of torture… I was given what they called the ‘water cure’…I felt…like I was drowning, just gasping between life and death. Chase J. Neilson
These servants of the mighty czar are a lazy, over-bearing, cruel lot of vagabonds, who treat the outcast with the same scorn and severity they themselves receive from their superiors. It is their duty to bring so many heads alive to designated places and to account for the lost as being dead. Before leaving a poor wretch on the way, the officer in charge assures himself of the utter uselessness of attempting to take the worn-out prisoner farther. Only when absolutely beyond human aid is she or he left to the mercy of the fierce and hungry wolves M. De Packh
… sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal acts Antonio M. Taguba
Will the American People Never Cease to Oppress and Torture the Helpless poor? Gerrit Smith
Torture was never intended in its earliest days to be a quest for the truth. It was intended to get people to confess to things they hadn't done like being a witch. We have turned it around and tried to legitimize it. John Hutson
Torture is not a thing we can tolerate. Theodore Roosevelt
Our men . . . have killed to exterminate men, women, children, prisoners and captives, active insurgents and suspected people from lads of 10 up.... Our soldiers have pumped salt water into men to "make them talk," and have taken prisoners people who held up their hands and peacefully surrendered, and an hour later. . . stood them on a bridge and shot them down one by one, to drop into the water below and float down, as examples to those who found their bullet-loaded corpses Philadelphia Ledger
They promptly tore his fingernails out and he started telling things. Vincent Cannistraro
Most victims of rendition were arrested and detained illegally in the first place: some were abducted; others were denied access to any legal process, including the ability to challenge the decision to transfer them because of the risk of torture. There is also a close link between renditions and enforced disappearances. Many of those who have been illegally detained in one country and illegally transported to another have subsequently “disappeared”, including dozens who have “disappeared” in US custody. Every one of the victims of rendition interviewed by Amnesty International has described incidents of torture and other ill-treatment Amnesty International
A third and most secret phase of Operation Condor involves the formation of special teams … who are to travel anywhere in the world to carry out sanctions up to assassinations …. Special teams would be issued false documentation from member countries of Operation Condor. Robert Scherrer
The America I believe in does not torture people. Anonymous
I favor extermination of the Japanese in toto. Paul V. McNutt
America’s policy should be to oppose torture….if you have a policy which legitimizes this, it’s a slippery slope….If you have any kind of formal exception, people just drive a truck through it. Bill Clinton
To build a better, freer world, we must first behave in ways that reflect the decency and aspirations of the American people. This means ending the practices of shipping away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far-off countries, of detaining thousands without charge or trial, of maintaining a network of secret prisons to jail people beyond the reach of the law. Barack Obama
If, as is contended by the advocates of “deterrence,” cruelty in punishment is justified by the “deterrent” effect which these persons credit it with, then surely the rack, the wheel, and the thumbscrew are the last word of penal wisdom. If hanging and the plank-bed are “deterrent” and hence justifiable, then … the stake and the rack are more “deterrent” and hence more justifiable. E. Belfort Bax
Tainted evidence often comes from torture. Jim Webb
A prisoner in the Inquisition is never allowed to see the face of his accuser, or of the witnesses against him, but every method is taken by threats and tortures, to oblige him to accuse himself, and by that means corroborate their evidence John Foxe
The judge must then address to the prisoners the following sentence: We, the judge, etc., do assign to you,------, such and such a day for the continuation of the tortures, that from your own mouth the truth may be heard, and that the whole may be recorded by the notary. Heinrich Kramer; James Sprenger
Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being. Anonymous
We find permission to interrogate the hostage for the purpose of obtaining information. It is permitted to strike the nonbeliever who has no covenant until he reveals the news, information, and secrets of his people….scholars have also permitted the killing of a hostage if he insists on withholding information from Moslems. Al Qaida
Unless you confess to me that you are heretics, may God do thus and so to me if I don't kill all of you right here with a variety of tortures and torments. If, as I ask, you do confess to me that you do or did err in something or other, I'll give you a light penance and set you free immediately. Anonymous
The punishments were whipping, putting you in the stocks and making you wear irons and a chain at work. Then they had a collar to put round your neck with two horns, like cows' horns, so that you could not lie down on your back or belly. This also kept you from running away for the horns would catch in the bushes. Sometimes they dug a hole like a well with a door on top. This they called a dungeon keeping you in it two or three weeks or a month, and sometimes till you died in there. This hole was just big enough to receive the body; the hands down by the sides. Harry McMillan
When people think of the American Identity, they don’t think of torture, they don’t think of illegal wiretapping … or many of the other things that have been happening in the last 6 years…. Singers are like the canary in the coal mine. When things are happening, they must be sung out. Bruce Springsteen
Removal of clothing is different from naked. Douglas Feith
The main problem with applying the Geneva Convention to detainees is that it would interfere with effective interrogation. John Ashcroft
Enhanced Interrogation Central Intelligence Agency
This people [the Puritans], who in England could not bear being chastised with rods, had no sooner got free from their fetters than they scourged their fellow refugees [Quakers] with scorpions; though the absurdity, as well as the injustice of such a proceeding in them might stare them in the face! Edmund Burke
Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture … Tenzin Gyatso; Dalai Lama
Only the tortured can understand those who have been tortured. Yasser Arafat
No orthodox church ever had power that it did not endeavor to make people think its way by force and flame. Robert G. Ingersoll
The truth that we are required to face about the slave trade is that it was founded on violence and terror … not done to Americans but done by Americans to others. Marcus Rediker
My head was forced back and a tube jammed down my nose. It was the most awful torture. I groaned with pain and I coughed and gulped the tube up and would not let it pass down my throat. Then they tried the other nostril and they found that was smaller still and slightly deformed, l suppose from constant hay-fever. The new doctor said it was impossible to get the tube down that one so they jammed it down again through the other and I wondered if the pain was as bad as child-birth. I just had strength and will enough to vomit it up again and I could see tears in the wardresses' eyes. Rosa May Billinghurst
This fight has nothing to do with soldierly gallantry or principles of the Geneva Convention. If the fight against the partisans in the East, as well as in the Balkans, is not waged with the most brutal means, we will shortly reach the point where the available forces are insufficient to control the area. It is therefore not only justified, but it is the duty of the troops to use all means without restriction, even against women and children, so long as it ensures success. Wilhelm Keitel
In the social equation, the value of a single life is nil; in the cosmic equation, it is infinite... Not only communism, but any political movement which implicitly relies on purely utilitarian ethics, must become a victim to the same fatal error. It is a fallacy as naïve as a mathematical teaser, and yet its consequences lead straight to Goya's Disasters, to the reign of the guillotine, the torture chambers of the Inquisition, or the cellars of the Lubianka. Arthur Koestler
Although Ham and his descendants have become powerful nations, slavery has ruled amongst them. Have not most Africans as a rule been slaves of their kings? Are not the majority of them still slaves of the Turks? Have not the inhabitants of Congo, Angola, Guinea, Monomopata, and Bagawidri from slave nests, whence many are dragged here and there, sold, and used for all forms of servile labors? These people have been so conditioned, that when freed or treated lovingly they are no good and do not know how to behave themselves. But if one constantly applies the cane to their backs and gives them a sound thrashing without mercy, then one can expect good services from them for their well-being consists of enslavement Johan Picardt
Military people have a heavy investment in rules against torture, not only because we want to protect our own POWs from reciprocal brutalities … but also because war is so terrible that it desperately requires any limits anyone can agree on, any gesture toward dignity, any mitigation suggesting civilized scruple. There isn’t even persuasive evidence that torture makes its victims tell their secrets, instead of saying whatever we want to hear. John Leonard
The criticisms ... were protests against acts of cruelty committed by some American soldiers.... The events which gave rise to these protests might naturally arouse the indignation of all true Americans, jealous of their country's good name; but they were merely side issues in the great struggle against imperialism. Indeed to an anti-imperialist, as such, they have no special importance, except as illustrations of the impossibility of carrying out the experiment of colonialism without working grievous wrong to the subjugated people, and to our American ideals. David G. Haskins Jr.
We go out on a hike, catch a negro and ask him if he has a gun; he will give us a polite bow and say 'No sabby,' and then we take hold of him and give him the 'water cure,' after which he can get us two or three guns. Now, this is the way we give them the water cure: lay them on their backs, a man standing on each hand and each foot, then put a round stick in the mouth and pour a pail of water in the mouth and nose, and if they don't give up, pour in another pail. They swell up like toads. I'll tell you it is a terrible torture. A. F. Miller
Stress and Duress Techniques Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Central Intelligence Agency
There was before 9-11 and after 9-11. After 9-11, the gloves came off. Cofer Black
The smack of the whip is all day long in the ears of those who are on the plantation, or in the vicinity; and it is used with such dexterity and severity as not only to lacerate the skin, but to tear out small portions of the flesh at almost every stroke. This is THE GENERAL TREATMENT of the Slaves. But many individuals suffer still more severely. Many are knocked down; some have their eyes beaten out; some have an arm or a leg broken, OR CHOPPED OFF; and many, for a very small or for no crime at all, have been BEATEN TO DEATH. Jonathan Edwards
The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation ... until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country. Woodrow Wilson
All Muslims are trustworthy, except those who have been punished with flogging … Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
Picture to yourself your Brother Citizens or Unfortunate Countrymen in the Algerian State Prisons or Damned Castile, and starved 2/3rd's and Naked. ..The Chains of their Legs, and under the Lash...Beat in such a Manner as to Shock Humanity...No Prospects of ever being Redeemed or Restored to their Native Land & Never to See their Wives & Families...Viewing and Considering of their approaching Exit, where 6 of their Dear Country-man is buried with thousands of other Christian Slaves of all nations...Once a Citizen of the United States of America, but at present the Most Miserable Slave in Algiers. Richard O'Brien
Our sufferings are beyond our expression or your conception. Richard O'Brien
The Terror Anonymous
It's an unknown, it's a disappeared. It has no identity, it's neither alive nor dead...it's disappeared Jorge Rafael Videla
Open your newspaper any day of the week and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government ... The newspaper reader feels a sickening sense of impotence. Yet if these feelings of disgust could be united into common action, something effective could be done Peter Benenson
The year of 1901 with its lynching record is a thing of the past. There were 135 human beings that met death at the hands of mobs during this year. Not only is the list larger than for four years past, but the barbarism of this lawlessness is on the increase. Six human beings were burned alive between January 1st 1901 and January 1st 1902. More persons met death in this horrible manner the past twelve months than in three years before and in proportion as the number roasted alive increases, in the same proportion has there been an indifference manifested by the public. Time was when the country resounded with denunciation and the horror of burning a human being by so called Christian and civilized people. The newspapers were full of it. The last time a human being was made fuel for flames it was scarcely noticed in the papers editorially. And the chairman of your bureau finds it harder every year to get such matter printed. In other words, the need for agitation and publication of facts is greater than ever, while the avenues through which to make such publications have decreased. Ida B. Wells
We cannot have a situation where people decide to sit in places not allowed and when police remove them they say no. We can’t have that. That is a revolt to the system. Some are crying that they were beaten. Yes you will be thoroughly beaten. When the police say move, you move. If you don’t move, you invite the police to use force. Robert Mugabe
The big bankers of the world, who practice the terrorism of money, are more powerful than kings and field marshals, even more than the Pope of Rome himself. They never dirty their hands. They kill no-one: they limit themselves to applauding the show. Their officials, international technocrats, rule our countries: they are neither presidents nor ministers, they have not been elected, but they decide the level of salaries and public expenditure, investments and divestments, prices, taxes, interest rates, subsidies, when the sun rises and how frequently it rains. However, they don't concern themselves with the prisons or torture chambers or concentration camps or extermination centers, although these house the inevitable consequences of their acts. The technocrats claim the privilege of irresponsibility: 'We're neutral' they say. Eduardo Galeano
Genocide, massacre, and human slaughter; pillage, rape, and torture have been much more common than war and revolution. But historians do not dwell on such events. And even if they do, they very rarely attach numbers to them. They prefer the glamour of war, of diplomacy, of the clash of nations and personalities. Rudolph Joseph Rummel
There is torture of mind as well as body; the will is as much affected by fear as by force. And there comes a point where this Court should not be ignorant as judges of what we know as men. Felix Frankfurter
Today Chile is a country subjected by its Armed Forces to a regime similar to those that appeared in fascist occupied Europe. The country is under state of siege, all the cities under curfews, there are military tribunals established under the military code that like those established during times of war allow no appeal. There are mass arrest of the population and pogroms against foreigners, etc. The Chilean Armed Forces has declared war against the Chilean People… Miguel Enriquez
By placing these people with foreign ideas in camps, German blood was saved. Would it have been better to have a civil war? Karl Donitz
The thought that I had been captured so soon, without having done anything for the revolution, made me feel ashamed. I thought: at least now, I must carry out my duty well under torture. Ashraf Dehghani
Brother Number Two Nuon Chea
Brother Number One Saloth Sar
The leaders must be tortured fiercely in order that we may obtain a complete understanding of their organization. Saloth Sar
When the lever is pulled, the body twists and shudders violently, cooks and sizzles obscenely, and emits horrible noises from the nose, mouth and anus…Chapman said it was the ghastliest mode of death he could have conjured, short of slow torture, and that no sane person who witnessed it could possibly oppose its replacement by a less violent means of execution. Bill Wiseman
The third degree is widely and brutally employed in New York City. . . . Third-degree methods, authoritatively reported to us as recently employed include: Punching in the face, especially a hard slap on the jaw; hitting with a billy [club]; whipping with a rubber hose; kicking in the abdomen; tightening the necktie almost up to the choking point; squeezing the testicles. Methods are favored which do not leave visible marks, because these attract the attention of the courts and sometimes lead district attorneys not to use the confession. There is said to be a practice that the arresting officer does not commonly do the beating; another man will do it, so that when the arresting officer takes the stand it cannot be charged that he used force. National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement
…the inflicting of pain, physical or mental, to extract confessions or statements... is widespread throughout the country. National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement
It’s not a pretty sight when you are waterboarding anybody … I am proud of the decisions I took including the destruction of the tapes …. We needed to come up with additional techniques that would convince the terrorists that their fate was in our hands … if the tapes were seen by anybody outside of the CIA, we would look terrible Jose Rodriguez
We don't torture people. Let me say that again to you. We don't torture people, OK. George Tenet
Monsters remain human beings. In fact, to reduce them to a subhuman level is to exonerate them of their acts of terrorism and mass murder — just as animals are not deemed morally responsible for killing. Insisting on the humanity of terrorists is, in fact, critical to maintaining their profound responsibility for the evil they commit. And, if they are human, then they must necessarily not be treated in an inhuman fashion. You cannot lower the moral baseline of a terrorist to the subhuman without betraying a fundamental value. That is why the Geneva Conventions have a very basic ban on "cruel treatment and torture," and "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment" — even when dealing with illegal combatants like terrorists. Andrew Sullivan
Torture was necessary to maintain slavery. It was integral to slavery. You cannot have slavery without some torture or the threat of torture; and you cannot have torture without slavery. You cannot imprison a free man forever unless you have broken him; and you can only forcibly break a man's soul by torturing it out of him. Slavery dehumanizes; torture dehumanizes in exactly the same way. The torture of human beings who have no freedom and no recourse to the courts is slavery. Andrew Sullivan
… the public has come to accept torture as a legitimate instrument of government, something that the Founding Fathers would have been aghast at. Andrew Sullivan
When [George W.] Bush says that Abu Ghraib was the work of a few, he forgot to mention that he was one of them. Andrew Sullivan
There exist no provisions in our law that perfectly and precisely describe the form of criminality that shall be judged here. Julio Carlos Strassera
Not one of us has betrayed his God or his country. I do confess my guilt, which consists in having, to my shame and dishonor, suffered myself, through the pain of torture and the fear of death, to give utterance to falsehoods imputing scandalous sins and iniquities to an illustrious Order, which hath nobly served the cause of Christianity. I disdain to seek a wretched and disgraceful existence by engrafting another lie upon the original falsehood. Jacques De Molay
The defeat of terrorism in Punjab … was unambiguously the result of the counter-terrorist measures implemented in the state by the security forces. Moreover, the use of this coercive force was (and is) not just a necessary expedient, but a fundamental obligation and duty of constitutional government, and its neglect inflicts great and avoidable suffering on the innocent and law abiding K. P. S. Gill
Nearly every day on the television set the hero cop breaks into the bad guy’s house and beats a confession out of him and we cheer on the cop. Propaganda smears our clear vision. It causes us to accept the diminishment of our constitutional protections as something to be lauded — after all, the cop was protecting us. Gerry Spence
… there are numerous examples of cases where relying on information obtained through torture has disastrous consequences. The reality is that use of torture produces inconsistent results that are an unreliable basis for action and policy. The overwhelming consensus of intelligence professionals is that torture produces unreliable information. And the overwhelming consensus of senior military leaders is that resort to torture is dishonorable. Use of such primitive methods actually puts our own troops and our nation at risk. Harry E. Soyster
Experienced military and intelligence professionals know that torture, in addition to being illegal and immoral, is an unreliable means of extracting information from prisoners. Harry E. Soyster
Islam never interfered with the dogmas of any faith. It never invented the rack or the stake for stifling difference of opinion, or strangling the human conscience or exterminating heresy. Abdullah Suhrawardy
People do these things to other people. Not just in Nazi concentration camps and in Abu Ghraib when it was run by Saddam Hussein. Americans, too, do them when they have permission. When they are told or made to feel that those over whom they have absolute power deserve to be mistreated, humiliated, tormented. They do them when they are led to believe that the people they are torturing belong to an inferior, despicable race or religion. For the meaning of these pictures is not just that these acts were performed, but that their perpetrators had no sense that there was anything wrong in what the pictures show. Susan Sontag
There are some who died because they were fasting, and they were crammed in tight. Thaksin Shinawatra
I still carry the marks on my body of what those "German supermen" did to me then. I was sentenced to death. Irena Sendler
Of course, Behaviorism 'works'. So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense, down-to-earth behaviorist, a few drugs, and simple electrical appliances, and in six months I will have him reciting the Athanasian Creed in public. W. H. Auden
The details given of these horros are too many and too detailed not to have in them a large amount of truth. Edwin Pears
The more pain you inflict on someone, the more they will tell you what they think you want to hear. John McCain
America must be a model citizen if we want others to look at us as a model. We can’t torture or treat inhumanely suspected terrorists we have captured. John McCain
He whipped her to make her scream and then he whipped her to make her hush. Frederick Douglass
Silence is a war crime. Anonymous
Some people say torture doesn’t work. I do not know whether it does or not. … The reality is the effect it has on you. When you become the torturer, something happens to that force … it has a corrosive effect over time. You move down a path that is difficult to come back from. Stanley A. McChrystal
The real significance of the [Spanish] Inquisition lay in the isolation to which it condemned the land, and its benumbing influence on the intellectual development of the people…. It [also] obstructed … commercial relations by imposing absurd and costly regulations at the ports to prevent the slightest chance of the introduction of heretical opinions. Henry Charles Lea
[Spanish] unreasoning religious ardor culminated in the Inquisition, established for the purpose of securing the supreme good of unblemished purity and uniformity of belief. Nothing was allowed to stand in the way of this, and no sacrifice was deemed too great for its accomplishment. All officials, from the king downward, were sworn to its support, and the sinister influence which it exercised was proportioned to the enormous power which it wielded. Henry Charles Lea
… the most ordinary Negro is a distinct gentleman, but it takes extraordinary training and opportunity to make the average white man anything but a hog. W. E. B. Du Bois
Though many will criticize the president for mis-steps in Iraq and at home, it is with the complicity of Congress that we have become a nation of pre-emptive war, secret military tribunals, torture, rejection of habeas corpus, warrantless searches, undue government secrecy, extraordinary renditions, and uncontrolled spying on the American people. Fighting over there has nothing to do with preserving freedoms here at home. More likely the opposite is true. Ronald E. Paul
Though many will criticize the president for mis-steps in Iraq and at home, it is with the complicity of Congress that we have become a nation of pre-emptive war, secret military tribunals, torture, rejection of habeas corpus, warrantless searches, undue government secrecy, extraordinary renditions, and uncontrolled spying on the American people. Fighting over there has nothing to do with preserving freedoms here at home. More likely the opposite is true. Ronald E. Paul
Legal issues aside, the American people and government should never abide the use of torture by our military or intelligence agencies. A decent society never accepts or justifies torture. It dehumanizes both torturer and victim, yet seldom produces reliable intelligence. Torture by rogue American troops or agents puts all Americans at risk, especially our rank-and-file soldiers stationed in dozens of dangerous places around the globe. God forbid terrorists take American soldiers or travelers hostage and torture them as some kind of sick retaliation for Abu Gharib. Ronald E. Paul
The Spanish Inquisition sought to avoid direct responsibility for the burning of heretics by handing them over to the secular arm; to burn them itself, it piously explained, would be wholly inconsistent with its Christian principles. Few of us would allow the Inquisition thus easily to wipe its hands clean of bloodshed; it knew quite well what would happen. Equally, where the technological application of scientific discoveries is clear and obvious — as when a scientist works on nerve gases — he cannot properly claim that such applications are "none of his business," merely on the ground that it is the military forces, not scientists, who use the gases to disable or kill. John Passmore
The Syrian people deserve much more than complicit silence, or timid criticism from those who have failed to refer the regime to the International Criminal Court despite acknowledgement if its crimes. Razan Zaitouneh
You ask me why I air your dirty laundry, but you do not ask yourself why you soil it to begin with. Ali Ferzat
Some [slaves] require a vigor of discipline to make them do reasonable work. Thomas Jefferson
I love industry and abhor severity Thomas Jefferson
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Albert Camus
During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after eight hundred years, gathered up its halters, thumb-screws, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry.....There are no witches. The witch text remains; only the practice has changed. Mark Twain
Of all the creatures that were made, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood he is the only one--the solitary one--that possesses malice. That is the basest of all instincts, passions, vices--the most hateful. He is the only creature that has pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. Mark Twain
Heretics have been hated from the beginning of recorded time; they have been ostracized, exiled, tortured, maimed, and butchered; but it has generally proved impossible to smother them; and when it has not, the society that has succeeded has always declined. Learned Hand
Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. Pastoral scene of the gallant South, The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth, Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh, Then the sudden smell of burning flesh! Here is fruit for the crows to pluck, For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck, For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop, Here is a strange and bitter crop. Billie Holiday
I thank God, I shall never again visit a slave-country. To this day, if I hear a distant scream, it recalls with painful vividness my feelings, when passing a house near Pernambuco, I heard the most pitiable moans, and could not but suspect that some poor slave was being tortured, yet knew that I was as powerless as a child even to remonstrate. Charles Darwin
War not only teaches what man can be, but it teaches also what he must not be. Oliver Wendell Holmes
I am proud to have lied. Lying under torture is not easy. In the face of torture, a person with dignity lies. Enduring torture is very difficult ... The pain is unbearable; you can not imagine how. I am proud to have lied, because I saved my comrades from the same torture and from death. Dilma Rousseff
I have no doubt that if an actual ticking bomb situation were to arise, our law enforcement authorities would torture. The real debate is whether such torture should take place outside of our legal system or within it. The answer to this seems clear: If we are to have torture, it should be authorized by the law. Alan Dershowitz
… every police lieutenant considers himself, and rightly so, as more powerful than the General Law of the Union. Voltairine de Cleyre
What security have you for your own safety if every man of vile temper, of low instincts, of base purpose, can find in his own heart a higher law than that which is the rule of society, the Constitution, and the Bible? These higher-law preachers should be tarred and feathered, and whipped by those they have thus instigated. This, my friends, is what was called in good old revolutionary times, Lynch Law. It is sometimes the very best law, because it deals summary justice upon those who would otherwise escape from all other kinds of punishment. Jefferson Davis
The United States doesn't and can't condone torture. And I want to make very clear that that's the view and the policy of the administration, the policy of the president, and that he's made very clear to American personnel that we will not condone torture....Senator, under no circumstances should we or have we condoned torture. Condoleeza Rice
The much abused “shopkeepers” have abolished slavery and serfdom, made woman the companion of man with equal rights, proclaimed equality before the law and freedom of thought and opinion, declared war on war, abolished torture, and mitigated the cruelty of punishment. What cultural force can boast of similar achievements? Ludwig von Mises
Human beings can do some God-awful things to other human beings Donald Rumsfeld
In retrospect, I probably should have avoided some of the controversy and legal setbacks by seeking legislation on military tribunals, the T.S. P., and the CIA enhanced interrogation program as soon as they were created George W. Bush
Virginians and all who belong to slaveholding communities seem an exceptional, abnormal race, unlike anything else in Christendom. George Templeton Strong
What have we allowed ourselves to become? Are we no longer a nation of laws? Have we become instead a nation of men who make secret arrests? Are secret prisons now simply another tool of the federal government law enforcement? Is secret rendition of individuals now permitted, out of misplaced fear? Have we decided that the writ of habeas corpus is not worth defending? Is torture now an acceptable tool for making us safe? Unfortunately, the single answer to all of these questions from the leaders of our country and to many of our citizens appears to be yes. Ronald E. Paul
Caravan of Death Anonymous
He [Rafael Trujillo] had his torture chambers. He had his political assassinations. But he kept law and order, cleaned the place up, made it sanitary, built public works, and he didn’t bother the United States. So that was fine with us. Henry Valpey Dearborn
The willingness to condone some form of interrogational coercion, including outright torture in particular extreme circumstances is directly related … to the degree that one takes seriously the threat that terrorists pose to entire cities. Jerome Slater
The issue is not whether there are serious moral and practical costs to employing torture—of course there are for torture is evil. That is precisely why the choice of whether employ it to avert a greater evil is a tragic one. Jerome Slater
On the haggard faces of every man among these prisoners, the same expression sat … It had something of that strained attention which we see upon the faces of the blind ad deaf mingled with a kind of horror as thought they had all been secretly terrified. I hold this slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain, to be immeasurably worse than any torture of the body … Charles Dickens
A considerable number of the prisoners fell even after a short confinement, into a semi-fatuous condition, from which it was next to impossible to arouse them, and others became violently insane; others, still, committed suicide, while those who stood the ordeal better were not generally reformed, and in most cases, did not recover sufficient mental activity to be of any subsequent service to the community. Samuel Freeman Miller
Torture does not work. I believe that. Michael Hayden
Despite the frequent drama at the political level, America and Americans have found a comfortable center line in what it is they want their government to do and what it is that they accept their government doing. It is that practical consensus that has fostered such powerful continuity between to vastly different Presidents—George W, Bush and Barack Obama—when it comes to this conflict. Michael Hayden
Today Chile is a country subjected by its Armed Forces to a regime similar to those that appeared in fascist occupied Europe. The country is under state of siege, all the cities under curfews, there are military tribunals established under the military code that like those established during times of war allow no appeal. There are mass arrest of the population and pogroms against foreigners, etc. The Chilean Armed Forces has declared war against the Chilean People… Miguel Enriquez
Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy -- the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, and the Japanese-American internment camps -- to mention a few. I am confident that many of the actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light. Bradley Edward Manning
In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror. Bradley Edward Manning
The Deputy Director of the CIA revealed that over thirty universities and institutions were involved in an "extensive testing and experimentation" program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens "at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign." Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to "unwitting subjects in social situations." At least one death, that of Dr. Olson, resulted from these activities. The Agency itself acknowledged that these tests made little scientific sense. The agents doing the monitoring were not qualified scientific observers Ted Kennedy
When the U. S. Government violates International Law, that sets a precedent and provides an excuse for the rest of the world to do the same. Zeke Johnson
King Sisebut forced the Jews by power when he should have roused them by the doctrine of the faith. Isidore of Seville
More than cruel and inhuman punishment is shown. Here is exposed in its raw ugliness, studied and cynical brutality, deliberately contrived to break men physically and mentally. John Milton Bryan Simpson
It’s all torture. John McCain
Detain terrorists … set up detention facilities outside the United States. George W. Bush
There were 40,000—45,000 people killed. They were no less important than I am. I want to bring Habre to justice. I can name names and clear up many things. I am ready to face justice as well for what I have done …. During the night, prisoners were executed discretely …. I knew that everyone I arrested would be tortured. Bandjim Bandoum
There are not enough Yankees between Cape Cod and Hell to prevent Southern people from doing as they please with the Negro. Benjamin Ryan Tillman
Shame on accursed Csarism which tortured and persecuted the Jews. Shame on those who foment hatred towards the Jews, who foment hatred towards other nations. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Reconstruction did not fail. It was overthrown. Douglas R. Egerton
We don't torture people. Let me say that again to you. We don't torture people, OK. George Tenet
Whom would Jesus torture? Whom would Jesus drag around on a dog's leash? How can Christians tolerate it? It is unconscionable. It has put our young men and women who are over there, fighting a war that they should not have been asked to fight— it has put them in greater danger. Ron Reagan
Who could desire to see better sport Than Peelers groaning among the rocks Their skulls all fractured, their eyeballs broken, Their fine long noses and ears cut off. Anonymous
In rushed a Body of Hellhounds—not content with cutting him and stabbing him in several places, they drew a cord round his neck until his Tongue was forced out—It they cut off and three fingers of his right hand—Then they cut out his wife’s tongue and … with a case knife cut off her thumb and four of her fingers one after another. She I fear cannot recover. There was in the house a brother of hers about 14 years old … his tongue, those merciless Villains cut out and cut the calf of his leg with a sword. Edward Hudson
The American government cannot escape its history. Adam Goldman
Nothing can excuse the cruelties of Communist Russia, though in the East torture does not provoke revolt as it would in the West. Edouard Herriot
Senator Feinstein’s response to the CIA’s brutal treatment of detainees was based on emotion and feeling. Michael Hayden
If I was in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists. Sarah Palin
I can never acknowledge the right of slavery. I will bow down to no deity however worshipped by professing Christians — however dignified by the name of the Goddess of Liberty, whose footstool is the crushed necks of the groaning millions, and who rejoices in the resoundings of the tyrant’s lash, and the cries of his tortured victims Thaddeus Stevens
They [the slaves] have stabbed themselves for freedom—jumped into the waves for freedom—starved for freedom—fought like very tigers for freedom! But they have been hung, and burned, and shot—and their tyrants have been their historians! Lydia M. Child
The cause that the South fought for was one of the worst for which people ever fought. Ulysses S. Grant
You do the best you can … if you make a mistake, you make a mistake. Michael Scheuer
The legislation of the age about " vagabonds" is written in blood. The only remedy suggested was to punish the vagrant by cruel tortures—by whipping and branding. Even death was resorted to after a second or third offence; and though these penalties proved very ineffectual, the system was not abandoned till the law of 43 Elizabeth recognized that punishment had failed as a remedy Arnold J. Toynbee
… a stain on United States values and history. Dianne Feinstein
Terrible times require terrible things to be done. David Wolstencroft
One thing I have learned about lawyers is that if you look hard enough you will always find some who will agree with you. John McCain
In reviewing United State compliance with the Convention Against Torture, a United Nations monitoring panel recently cited, among other American lapses, failure of the Obama Administration to investigate and hold parties accountable for past instances of torture. Such a lack of accountability is more than a treaty breach. It signals a dangerous permissiveness toward torture and cruelty practices in the future. L. Michael Hager
No exceptional circumstances whatsoever may be invoked to justify torture, including war, threat of war, internal political instability, public emergency, terrorist acts, violent crime, or any form of armed conflict.. United Nations
… willingness to face an ugly truth and say, “Never Again”. Dianne Feinstein
Two contractors were paid $80 million to conduct this torture. Dianne Feinstein
This question [torture] is not about our enemies; it is about us. We need not risk our national honor to prevail in any war. John McCain
Torture is an extremely effective tool for getting people to talk. It is a terrible tool for getting people to tell the truth. Morris D. Davis
What do they want us to do? Kiss them [suspected terrorists] on both cheeks.... The report is full of crap. Dick Cheney
Director Brennan and the CIA today are continuing to provide inaccurate information and represent the efficacy of torture. In other words, the CIA is lying. Mark Udall
The truth about torture is that when government agents are given a green light to treat other human beings without the most basic respect for their dignity, they will inevitably engage in abuse. Torture transgresses the most basic of moral principles: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The only way to live with the practice, from the interrogator’s point of view, is to deny the humanity of those being subjected to it. David D. Cole
… whether torture works, a major preoccupation of the Senate report, is the wrong question. The World’s governments did not negotiate a treaty banning it [torture] under all circumstances because it’s ineffective. They did so because it is immoral, inhumane, and unacceptable—even if it works. David D. Cole
Torture doesn’t bother me – it’s people who are upset by torture that do James Inhofe
It was horrible to torture the guilty wretch; the burning was an act of insanity. But had the dismembered form of his victim been the dishonored body of my baby, I might also have gone into an insanity that might have ended never. Atticus Greene Haygood
‘The court declares Robert-François Damiens duly convicted of the crime of lèsemajesté divine and human, for the very wicked, very terrible, and very detestable parricide perpetrated on the king’s person; and therefore condemns the said Damiens to pay for his crime in front of the main gate of the Church of Paris. He will be taken there in a tipcart naked and will hold a burning wax torch weighing two pounds. There, on his knees, he will say and declare that he had committed a very mean, very terrible, and very dreadful parricide, and that he had wounded the king on the right side, for which he repents and begs pardon of God, the king and justice. When this will be done, he will be taken in the same tipcart to the Place de Grève and put on a scaffold. Then his breasts, arms, thighs, and legs will be tortured. While holding the knife with which he committed the said parricide, his right hand will be burnt. On his tortured body parts, melted lead, boiling oil, burning pitch, melted wax, and sulphur will be thrown. Then four horses will pull him apart until he is dismembered. His limbs will be thrown on the stake and his ashes will be spread. All his belongings, furniture, housings, wherever they are, will be confiscated and given to the king. Before the execution, the said Damiens will be put to the question ordinaire et extraordinaire to tell the names of his accomplices.’ France
New Orleans was America’s largest slave market: a port where hundreds of thousands of souls were brought, sold and shipped up the Mississippi River to lives of forced labor of misery of rape, of torture. America was the place where nearly 4,000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined ‘separate but equal’; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were beaten to a bloody pulp. So when people say to me that the monuments in question are history, well what I just described is real history as well, and it is the searing truth. And it immediately begs the questions: why there are no slave ship monuments, no prominent markers on public land to remember the lynchings or the slave blocks; nothing to remember this long chapter of our lives; the pain, the sacrifice, the shame … all of it happening on the soil of New Orleans? So for those self-appointed defenders of history and the monuments, they are eerily silent on what amounts to this historical malfeasance, a lie by omission. Mitch Landrieu
Indifference to Reality. All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side. George Orwell
It is with no pleasure that I have dipped my hands in the corruption here exposed. Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so. Ida B. Wells
Nobody in this section of the country believes the threadbare old lie that Negro men rape white women. Lynching is an excuse to get rid of Negroes who were acquiring wealth and property and thus keep the race terrorized and ‘the nigger down,’ ” she wrote in a journal. Ida B. Wells

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