Torture Might Be Necessary

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CongressDaily reports yesterday:

“The House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat said Tuesday he has recommended that President-elect Barack Obama keep the country’s current national intelligence director and CIA chief in place for some time to ensure continuity in U.S. intelligence programs during the transition to a new administration.

Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said he also recommended to Obama’s transition team that some parts of the CIA’s controversial alternative interrogation program should be allowed to continue. He declined to say what he specifically recommended, however.”

Personnel issues aside, the Obama team needs to send a clear message, that it repudiates the fact that the US has abdicated a bipartisan position on treatment and torture that has spanned over 50 years. The US should adopt a single standard for the treatment of detainees and it should be based on the US Army field manual.

The notion that undermining this standard advances our national security is absurd, and based on a cartoon-like view of the threats and challenges we face. Everytime we hold an individual we put a mirror to ourselves and our values, and we should treat them according to the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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3 thoughts on “Torture Might Be Necessary

  1. Indeed, U.S. torture policy compromises, rather than advances, national security.

    Intelligence resources are squandered obtaining false confessions and chasing misinformation. The safety of U.S. military, intelligence, foreign service and aid workers is jeopardized by creating enemies and endorsing cruel and inhumane treatment of captives.

    Torture is immoral, illegal and ineffective.

    We are disappearing people, human dignity and American values.

  2. Indeed, U.S. torture policy compromises, rather than advances, national security.

    Intelligence resources are squandered obtaining false confessions and chasing misinformation. The safety of U.S. military, intelligence, foreign service and aid workers is jeopardized by creating enemies and endorsing cruel and inhumane treatment of captives.

    Torture is immoral, illegal and ineffective.

    We are disappearing people, human dignity and American values.

  3. Yes, torture is immoral, illegal, and ineffective.
    It is time to stop and say over and over in the public sphere that torture is wrong, illegal and ineffective. Forced disappearance, and extrajudical execution are wrong.

    As an American and world citizen, I wish that our government would reveal the toruring and renditions done in the past and implement a public;ly stated commtiment not to do or not permit torture and renditions.

    David MacLean
    Springfield, VA