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Comment Re:Quite the opposite. (Score 3, Interesting) 252

Torture, by itself, only makes the victims say whatever they think the torturer wants them to say.

However, if the interrogator already has some information, s/he can teach the victim that lying causes pain in a way that saying the truth doesn't. If victims don't know the exact extent of the interrogator's knowledge, they'll be afraid to lie.

Comment Re:This is one area we've regressed. (Score 1) 252

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

I think the fifth amendment applies to criminal cases, not to military intelligence gathering.

Comment The FBI needs more money (Score 3, Insightful) 418

Classified research doesn't belong in universities. They aren't equipped to handle information controls. It's that simple.

But the FBI, of course, needs more money to investigate this issue. When the deficit is sky high and government budgets are likely to be cut, it is very important to shout loudly about the importance of your agency.

Comment Re:spin. (Score 1) 523

The primary purpose of the hearing is to instill fear into anyone else who might have access to sensitive information the public might want to know.

The primary purpose of military justice is to support the military's missions of deterring wars and winning them. In fact, that's supposed to be the purpose of everything the military does.

Comment Mainframes (Score 1) 131

The organizations that still use mainframes are up-time fanatics with business models that suffer when a system is unavailable for a few minutes. As a result, they're so conservative that if they were running the country we'd still be under British rule. As long as mainframes work, they'll keep using them rather than risk changing to a different system.

Note: I'm an IBM employee, but this is my personal opinion, not IBM's. Technically speaking, corporations don't have opinions, except maybe "more money good, less money bad".

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