William J. Perry


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Torturing prisoners, whatever short-term benefits it might produce, comes at the cost of two huge long-term liabilities: it undermines our ability to negotiate with other nations from a position of moral strength, and it increases the risk that American prisoners, military and civilian, will be subjected to torture. The United States should return to its traditional rules for treatment of prisoners.

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William J. Perry was the nineteenth U.S. secretary of defense.  
 
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