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In his May 10 letter, “Compassionate priorities misplaced,” Frank Evans writes that waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques used by the U.S. military “did little if any real physical harm” and serve only to frighten.

What an absurd and appalling view! Death row murderers may be found innocent due to new evidence and terrorists and detainees may be individuals who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Since when is guilt an automatic certainty?

A person who, in fact, may be innocent needs all the understanding and compassion he and she can get, especially when there are those who firmly believe that conjecture and context are sufficient grounds for establishing positive, undeniable and incontrovertible guilt. If anyone has his priorities screwed up, it is not the “liberal” who is unwilling to tarnish his/her country with uncivilized measures.

michael g. driver

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