I guess I’m old-fashioned, but I like interrogations that produce results. If that means scaring a creepy terrorist with the harmless illusion of a death far more civilized than the murder he has conceived for his infidel victims, I can’t say I have a problem with it. So when I read that (a) the Bush admin has decided to capitulate on the issue and (b) come across this sentence in the ABC report: ‘One of the techniques, “water-boarding,” involved pouring water over the victim to make them feel as if they were drowning, a maneuver that often resulted in a confession within a few seconds’…. I’m inclined to wonder why we wouldn’t keep that technique in our arsenal.
I recommend this article to anyone who is interested in understanding the challenges that the interrogators charged with uncovering emerging threats to our security face and the considerable constraints they work under.