CIA’s Top Spy: Intelligence Hasn’t ‘Suffered At All’ from Waterboarding Ban

From the Raw Story:

President Obama’s ban on waterboarding hasn’t hampered US intelligence efforts “at all,” one of the CIA’s top officials said to an audience of students last week.

During a question-and-answer session, Sulick was asked if the Obama administration’s ban on waterboarding had repercussions for the war against terror.

“I don’t think we’ve suffered at all from an intelligence standpoint,” Sulick said in a March 25 lecture at Fordham University, his alma mater. “But I don’t want to talk about [it from] a legal, moral or ethical standpoint.”

Obama drew immediate criticism after taking office for ending Bush-era interrogation tactics that include waterboarding, an act considered torture by the international community.

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5 Responses to CIA’s Top Spy: Intelligence Hasn’t ‘Suffered At All’ from Waterboarding Ban

  1. Andrew April 5, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    That's because the true purpose of torture isn't to gain intelligence but to create justifications for government actions, intimidate potential enemies (especially a government's own citizens), and perpetuate a cycle of abuse and dehumanization necessary for authoritarianism.

  2. 5by5 April 5, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    It's primary purpose is to gain FALSE testimony. T

    he Bush Administration were going directly off the North Korean commie torture manual which was intended to illicit false testimony from captured American POW's to use for propaganda purposes back in the 1950's.

    Which is why it was used here.

    Cheney et al wanted to have one of these poor slobs in GITMO or one of the hideous black sites “confess” to a connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein that DIDN'T EXIST in order to justify their war of choice in Iraq.

    That's it. That's why this violation of the Geneva Convention was used in the first place.

    Not to get good intel about REAL threats, but to get propaganda to cover Bush Admin. backsides. War crimes used to try to cover up other war crimes.

  3. christophercarr April 5, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Banning torture makes us much, much safer:

    http://www.theinductive.com/blog/2010/4/5/this-

    • Andrew April 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Shepard Smith

  4. Andrew April 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Shepard Smith

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