Editors Note: Laura had this letter published in the NY Times today. Torture by this administration is a disgrace and has no place in a civil society. We must admit our involvement and absolve ourselves from any future torture.
To the Editor (of the NY Times):
It is unfortunate that we will never know if Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is fully or partly responsible for the 9/11 attacks as he has reportedly confessed.
Confessions extracted from torture are known to be unreliable. And since he was not afforded constitutional protections (like the right to counsel), this administration's policies have effectively ensured that the confession will never be admissible in a United States criminal court or in any international judicial tribunals.
Laura Beth Nielsen
Evanston, Ill., March 15, 2007
The writer, an assistant professor of sociology at Northwestern University, is a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation.