Harsh interrogation techniques work (/surprise)
The only surprise here is that President Obama’s own DNI admits that, well, yeah, that stuff seemed to work. At least according to another memo leaked from a White House that apparently has more holes in it than the colander I use to drain noodles…
Of course it works. Pain hurts. Now, granted, some of the senior operatives are well trained in withstanding torture and spreading dis-information under the guise of cracking under pressure (so says some books I’ve read). But I would argue that people like Abu Zabayda are few and far between. As such, it’s important to keep tools such as these methods in the tool box because they ARE effective.
President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.
High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.
It’s even more important to not let the rest of the world know what else is in the toolbox. I understand the arguements that say the release of the interrogation memos is good for transparency, to prove to the world that what we did is not torture (provided you agree that it wasn’t torture), but there’s something to be said for the enemy not knowing how far you’ll go to get information.
That’s why these techniques work. They feel like they’re in danger and then begin divulging. If you know going in what the outer limits of your interrogator’s methods are, you can mentally prepare yourself to withstand it.