Why They Torture

The woman spared from stoning for adultery in Iran now shows up on television confessing to complicity in her husband's death:

Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani's lawyer told the Guardian on Thursday that his client, a 43-year-old mother of two, was forced to give the interview, which was recorded in Tabriz prison where she has been held for the past four years. "She was severely beaten up and tortured until she accepted to appear in front of camera. ... The lawyer said he feared the Iranian authorities would act quickly to carry out the death sentence, which was reportedly commuted to hanging after an international outcry against her sentence last month.

Maybe Dick Cheney can explain to the Iranian opposition that repeatedly beating up a prisoner does not equate to torture, and her confession is perfectly reliable as evidence.