Peter Weiss

Peter Weiss is a vice president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 9:19am
Justice Dept. Gives Torture a Pass
The Romans had an expression for it: " Nulla poena sine lege ," no punishment without a law. But people sometimes forget that the opposite is also true: Without punishment for offenders, a law itself can die. The Justice Department recently announced that, of the 101 cases involving alleged illegal treatment of post-9/11 detainees by the CIA and its contractors, 99 were being closed. The remaining two, which involved deaths in custody, would continue to be investigated.
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Monday, May 9, 2011 - 1:04pm
Torture: Immoral, Illegal, Counterproductive, and Un-American
Osama bin Laden's death has laid to rest the mystery of his whereabouts. His body lies under the ocean. But now his death raises another increasingly popular question. Was he tracked down thanks to tips elicited through the torture of captured al-Qaeda operatives? The answer should be clear: no, torture doesn't "work." The damage done by systematically resorting to torture far outweighs the benefits obtained from the very rare instances where reliable information is obtained from torture.
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