In 200 words I cannot fully detail how totally wrong are the arguments presented by Mark Bowden ("Technique is illegal, but at times it's right thing to do," Dec. 30,
Page B-7) in support of the use of torture. He misuses emotional appeal for support of his fallacious argument. He misuses humor to dehumanize his villain. He minimizes the degree and intensity of the torture applied to his villain. Bowden's fallacy, that "if (they) were able to stop one terrorist attack ... it was justified" is wrong. Simply morally wrong. In essence, Bowden argues that the ends justify the means.
The lesson I was taught in school, the lesson I learned from experience and the lesson history repeatedly bears out is that the ends do not justify the means; rather, the means become the ends. Bowden's fallacy in support of the use of torture is the slippery slope of too many right-thinking people; it will lead us once more into darkness.
WILLIAM E. BISHOP