Foreign News: Sadly Conclusive

"Almost everywhere, when they could speak without witnesses, detainees complained of having been given the electrical or water treatment* during interrogation ... In some camps, the medical member of the mission was able to carry out physical examinations, the results of which were sadly conclusive." With this stark quotation, France's Le Monde, most respected of Paris newspapers, last week confirmed beyond dispute that the French army in Algeria is still using torture.

The source of Le Monde's story was no French leftist or Arab enemy of France, but a 270-page report written by four International Red Cross Committee delegates who visited 82...

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