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No excuse for torture

Thomas Sowell (Nov. 24) gives us the case for torture in the war on terror. He justifies all torture by citing the most extreme theoretical case, a hidden nuclear weapon. He even hints that decades of criminal justice reform have turned us soft on torture, and that we should toughen our attitude.

Sorry, sir. Some things are so evil as to be beyond the powers of rationalization. Torture and murder are just as bad when it comes from the other side, but our side is the only one on which we have any control. Condoning torture reduces us as human beings. We should oppose any practice we are not willing to hear about or participate in.

Mark Bailey

Eureka, Calif.