Sunday, November 30, 2008

just a reminder about torture

A former Army interrogator who successfully turned "hard cases" in Iraq writes today about his experience.

He and his team did not torture people. They used a methodology "based on building rapport with suspects, showing cultural understanding and using good old-fashioned brainpower to tease out information."

Some of the people, the pseudonymous Matthew Alexander said, were convinced they would be tortured, and when they weren't, decided to cooperate because they realized what they had heard about Americans wasn't accurate.

Except for the ones that WERE torturing prisoners in Iraq.

"Torture and abuse are against my moral fabric. The cliche still bears repeating: Such outrages are inconsistent with American principles. And then there's the pragmatic side: Torture and abuse cost American lives."



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