April 7, 2009 4:14 AM

Commentary: Chasing 'fool's gold' of national security

In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, hundreds of men identified as members of al–Qaeda were captured and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There, they were subjected to sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation, dehydration, extreme temperatures, waterboarding, being chained to the floor for hours in their own waste, and other so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques even as the president was assuring the world that we don't torture because we are America and America doesn't do that sort of thing.

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