Christopher Hitchens Debates Bill O'Reilly Over Torture (VIDEO)

02/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Christopher Hitchens was a guest on the O'Reilly Factor tonight to debate O'Reilly on the necessity and effectiveness of torture. To preface the debate, O'Reilly showed a clip of the season premiere of the Fox show "24" in which the show's protagonist, who has tortured people in his capacity as a CIA officer, defiantly testifies before Congress that his actions saved lives and he doesn't regret them at all. Hitchens, who opposes torture and who underwent waterboarding to determine if it in fact was torture (he concluded it was) argued against O'Reilly's assertion that torture can be justified by the ticking time-bomb scenario, saying that scenario is never a reality and "you can't make a practice out of a general case."

Ultimately, the debate proved too short for Hitchens who remarked, "We barely got our trousers off, we should pursue this."


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