Op-Ed : Where 'Those Methods' Lead
All during the decisions leading up to and after the release of documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) concerning documents, currently referred to as the 'torture memos', memos revealing dialog between the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), "those methods" have been discussed in public forums, alluded to by the Bush administration as "enhanced interrogation techniques" however, called by many advisers, including those within the U.S. military, torture. An excerpt from the article:
"High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used," Blair wrote in the memo. But in a separate statement, he added that "there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means." Yes, people break under torture and tell what they know, along with what they don't know and what they think their torturers want to hear. But there is no way to be certain that the valuable information wouldn't have been extracted through traditional -- and legal -- methods of interrogation. Even if experts have differing views about torture's effectiveness, there is one point on which they cannot disagree: It violates U.S. and international law.
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