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Torture Redux

April 26, 2009

So, a year later, msm decides to discuss what the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Christopher Hitchens, et al investigated a year ago.  Google or go here or here.

Ali Soufan will catch some flak, but I think he deserves a hell of a lot of credit for speaking up. Torture only gets the other person to say what you want to hear, not necessarily the truth.

Al Soufan Breaks His Silence

The agent, Ali Soufan, was known as one of the bureau’s top experts on Al Qaeda. He also had a reputation as a shrewd interrogator who could work fluently in both English and Arabic. Soufan yelled at one CIA contractor and told him that what he was doing was wrong, ineffective and an affront to American values. At one point, Soufan discovered a dark wooden “confinement box” that the contractor had built for Abu Zubaydah. It looked, Soufan recalls, “like a coffin.” The mercurial agent erupted in anger, got on a secure phone line and called Pasquale D’Amuro, then the FBI assistant director for counterterrorism. “I swear to God,” he shouted, “I’m going to arrest these guys!”

D’Amuro and other officials were alarmed at what they heard from Soufan. They fretted about the political consequences of abusive interrogations and the Washington blowback they thought was inevitable, say two high-ranking FBI sources who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.

Tell me again how this keeps my family and friends safe.

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