Associated Baptist Press – Torturing the enemy, destroying ourselves

Associated Baptist Press – Torturing the enemy, destroying ourselves.

Here is a very powerful indictment by McLaren on the alleged legitimacy of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ – a shameful and coward euphemism for TORTURE. I quote:

A growing list of former U.S. government officials, including a president and a vice president, have been working hard to repeat the lie that torture is justifiable as long as the right “we” is doing the torture, and the right “they” are the ones being tortured.

Most recently, a former CIA chief counter-terrorism expert joined the chorus, singing the refrain that “enhanced interrogation techniques” work. In fact, he claims, they were pivotal in finding Osama bin Laden a year ago.

Statements like these, no matter how often they’re repeated, contradict the assessments of many in the intelligence community. For example, former FBI agent Ali Soufan, in his testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, said: “From my experience — and I speak as someone who has personally interrogated many terrorists and elicited important actionable intelligence — I strongly believe that it is a mistake to use what has become known as the ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’…. These techniques, from an operational perspective, are ineffective, slow and unreliable, and as a result harmful to our efforts to defeat al Qaeda.”

Sen. John McCain, unique in this debate because he himself was a victim rather than perpetrator or defender of torture, offered the same assessment in a speech to the Senate: “It was not torture, or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees that got us the major leads that ultimately enabled our intelligence community to find Osama bin Laden.” In fact, he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed, “the use of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ on Khalid Sheik Mohammed produced false and misleading information.”

Read the entire article at the link above.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

3 thoughts on “Associated Baptist Press – Torturing the enemy, destroying ourselves”

  1. Violent against violence? That is interesting. Torture is, I dare to say, a perverted violence as opose to the vilolence the Leviticus talks about when it prescribes cities of refuge. I find it degrading for the human being on both sides of the situation I don’t see what good can come out of it. The sad part is that there are psychological tortures if I dare to name them as such, we have been calling them abuses, that happen around us, done by people who have the respect of those who know them because the invididual who does it is so perverted that no one knows. The French psychanalist Racamier diagnosed them as Pérvers narcisist. Some of the toruturers are pervers narcisic as thei enjoy in hurting whoever he can.


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