Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney For Torture Speech

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  1. freeny macrumors 68020

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/26/former-interrogator-rebuk_n_207483.html

    But I doubt it will sway the Chaney/Bush bots...
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    Alexander easily takes down Cheney's arguments. The most immediate blow Alexander strikes is, of course, his obvious success, which undercuts Cheney's case for more brutal techniques. Alexander also engages on the level of principle. For Cheney, the suggestion that torture is a poor strategy because it aids terrorist recruitment is nothing more than old-fashioned blame-America-first cowardice.

    "After a familiar fashion, it excuses the violent and blames America for the evil that others do," said Cheney.

    The president and others who have condemned torture don't say that it "excuses the violent." Rather, they say it makes a violent reaction more likely -- and Alexander backed them up.

    "At the prison where I conducted interrogations," responded Alexander, "we heard day in and day out, foreign fighters who had been captured state that the number one reason that they had come to fight in Iraq was because of torture and abuse, what had happened at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib."

    Alexander put the number making this claim at 90 percent.

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    Cheney, said Alexander, fundamentally misunderstands the way America is viewed around the world. The American principles of freedom and democracy are cherished in the Muslim world and the idea, at least, of America is still a seductive one. But it is the behavior of the Bush administration at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and secret prisons around the globe that undercuts that image, allowing Al Qaeda to make the argument that America isn't what it stands for.

    "Remember," said Alexander, "one of Al Qaeda's goals, it's not just to attack the United States, it's to prove that we're hypocrites, that we don't live up to American principles. So when we use torture and abuse, we're playing directly into one of their stated goals."

    (emphasis mine)
     
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    Hmm... Interesting that he notes that it was the torture itself, rather than the photos of the torture, that motivated them to fight.
     
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    Of course. It makes sense. Hmm..."sense"-something Cheney lacks in more ways than one.
     

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