Torture Is a State of Mind

McCarthy, Andrew C.
May 2009
National Review;5/25/2009, Vol. 61 Issue 9, p24
In this article the author examines the legal principle of mens rea, or the necessity of criminal intent in prosecuting a crime, as it applies to torture used as a method of interrogation under U.S. law. He defends the decision of former U.S. Department of Justice officials Jay Bybee and John Yoo to support the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in their torture of detained members of the extremist Sunni Islamist organization al-Qaeda.


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