Ethics: How Do We Make Him Talk?

The U.S. can't waste time reveling in the capture of Abu Zubaydah. Its next task is equally urgent: persuading the al-Qaeda COO to talk. Washington will say only that it has stowed Zubaydah in a secure location while tending to his bullet wounds and that he may be transported to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he could become the first al-Qaeda man tried before a military tribunal. But more crucial than Zubaydah's ultimate destination will be any stops he makes along the way.

Last week Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld swatted down reports that the U.S. plans to ship Zubaydah to a nation,...

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