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Torture made U.S. allies hoard information

One likely impact of the Bush adminstration interrogation policy that hasn't been widely discussed is that many U.S. partners are probably less likely to cooperate if they think their intelligence will be used for ill. And indeed, that seems to be the case. The Washington Post, in a must-read story today:

One of those present said that when asked, the CIA officers acknowledged that some foreign intelligence agencies had refused, for example, to share information about the location of terrorism suspects for fear of becoming implicated in any eventual torture of those suspects.

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Taliban on the march

Only sharia can save Pakistan, a Pakistani legislator warns:

"If the Taliban continue to move at this pace they will soon be knocking at the doors of Islamabad," Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of one of the country's Islamic political parties, warned in Parliament Wednesday. Rehman said the Margalla Hills, a small mountain range north of the capital that separates it from Buner, appears to be "the only hurdle in their march toward the federal capital," The only solution, he said, was for the entire nation to accept Shari'a law in order to deprive the Taliban of their principal cause.