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Re: The Moral Basis for CIA Interrogations


Nice to see you here, Marc. I don’t think your attempt to assimilate “coercive interrogations” to the just-war framework succeeds–or that it fails; mostly I think it sidesteps the question. If a particular type of coercive act so violates human dignity as to qualify as torture, then the fact that it is “restrained,” “limited,” and done for a good purpose would not justify it, at least in the Catholic version of just-war theory. Whether CIA methods did so qualify is of course another question.