This week in U.S. torture disclosures, we learned of a previously unknown CIA torture tactic: a "make-shift electric chair." After 13 years of being held by the CIA without charge, two men were recently released and repatriated to their home in Tunisia where they have since been speaking with human rights organizations about their time in a CIA rendition location near Kabul. The horrifying account brings renewed attention to the legal blowback to torture practices that were implemented under the Bush administration, many of which are still being litigated today. We bring this story to you because Donald Trump, a candidate for President of the United States, has advocated that the U.S. must bring back water boarding and "go tougher than waterboarding." We wonder if a make shift electric chair is satisfactorily "tougher" for Mr. Trump. Because to us, torture - any kind of torture - is morally reprehensible and incredibly ineffective. Also in the news last week were reports that a U.S. airstrike near Idlib in Syria killed an Al Qaeda leader who had previously been held in a secret CIA rendition site. We're not saying that all people who were tortured are innocent, nor are we saying that the two Tunisian men released will become terrorists. We are saying that there is a peculiar feature of the U.S. record on torture: it doesn't work. In the case of Tunisians, they're innocent. In the case of Abu Faraj, we ended up killing him in an airstrike. In all of this what is totally clear is that torture is wrong.

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