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Doomed to repeat failed history on torture

"Taking history into account could have protected the United States from engaging in practices that jeopardized our values, our democracy and even our lives," Brandeis University professor James Mandrell wrote in the Los Angeles Times. He described how he came across an illustrated article on waterboarding published in a Spanish newspaper in 1836, just two years after Spain abolished the Inquisition. Mandrell wrote that the article "claimed that the principal objection to torture was not necessarily moral or ethical. Torture doesn't work, it said: 'It's not efficacious.'"

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