Skip to comments.Exclusive: Senate probe finds little evidence of effective 'torture'
Posted on 04/27/2012 2:18:49 AM PDT by Olog-hai
A nearly three-year-long investigation by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats is expected to find there is little evidence the harsh "enhanced interrogation techniques" the CIA used on high-value prisoners produced counter-terrorism breakthroughs.
People familiar with the inquiry said committee investigators, who have been poring over records from the administration of President George W. Bush, believe they do not substantiate claims by some Bush supporters that the harsh interrogations led to counter-terrorism coups.
The backers of such techniques, which include "water-boarding," sleep deprivation and other practices critics call torture, maintain they have led to the disruption of major terror plots and the capture of al Qaeda leaders.
One official said investigators found "no evidence" such enhanced interrogations played "any significant role" in the years-long intelligence operations which led to the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden last May by U.S. Navy SEALs.
President Barack Obama and his aides have largely sought to avoid revisiting Bush administration controversies. But the debate over the effectiveness of enhanced interrogations, which human rights advocates condemn as torture, is resurfacing, in part thanks to a new book by a former top CIA official.
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The Democrats are working to score political points. That is nearly always true in everything they do. That said, torture isn’t effective.
Imagine a situation where I tell you 100 things. You now have to chase every thread to be certain which of those 100 things are true. That’s a waste of time and money. Of which the government has too much.
As long as a nation has an intelligence service that service can be fooled and they often are. Keep in mind that the US intelligence services collect an immense amount of data that in hindsight pointed to the attacks of 9/11. They didn’t prevent it. Raw data isn’t the problem. Sorting it is.
Good intelligence operators know that finding a reliable source with actionable intelligence is finding the needle. Should we really be using torture to collect the haystack?
You don’t know any Bookies do you?
If you want to see an effective interrogator, watch the first part of “The Lives of Others.”
I do. They’re criminals and you’re making my point for me.