5,426. 10/15/2003

“Despite his innocence, [falsely accused and tortured by the CIA, Canadian citizen Maher] Arar had signed numerous false confessions by the time he was released [in October 2003]. ‘I was ready to do anything to get out of that place, at any cost,’ he later admitted. Arar’s provably false confessions underscore what virtually every expert in and outside the government agrees upon…that torture and lesser forms of physical coercion will make people confess something. ‘But the truth is another matter,’ as Tom Parker, a former MI5 security officer and war crimes investigator, put it. The problem is distinguishing true confessions from lies.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Jane Mayer, The Dark Side, Page 134

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