Confessions And Show Trials

I wish I was surprised at the coverage of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s “confession.” All the headlines and much of the content assumes–either explicitly or implicitly–that he was involved. Yet we do not believe in the confessions offered in show trials from Germany in the 1930s, Soviet Union in the 1940s, China in the 1950s, Cuba in the 1960s, Eastern Europe in the 1970s, South America in the 1980s, and Iraq in the 1990s.

For the record, this post is not to suggest he is innocent.