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Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney for Torture Speech

Dick Cheney says that torturing detainees has saved American lives. That claim is patently false. Cheney's torture policy was directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of American servicemen and women.

Dick Cheney says that torturing detainees has saved American lives. That claim is patently false. Cheney's torture policy was directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of American servicemen and women.

Matthew Alexander was the senior military interrogator for the task force that tracked down Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq and, at the time, a higher priority target than Osama bin Laden. Mr. Alexander has personally conducted hundreds of interrogations and supervised over a thousand of them.

"Torture does not save lives. Torture costs us lives," Mr. Alexander said in an exclusive interview at Brave New Studios. "And the reason why is that our enemies use it, number one, as a recruiting tool...These same foreign fighters who came to Iraq to fight because of torture and abuse....literally cost us hundreds if not thousands of American lives."

 

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Anonymous

He's absolutely correct. In our own history we have slogans such as "Remember the Alamo", "Remember the Maine" and so on which were also used as our recruitment tools.

Anonymous

He's absolutely correct. In our own history we have slogans such as "Remember the Alamo", "Remember the Maine" and so on which were also used as our recruitment tools.

Anonymous

Although I applaud Mr. Alexander's courage, I'm surprised that after all his time in Iraq, he can't pronounce the name of the country correctly!

Anonymous

Although I applaud Mr. Alexander's courage, I'm surprised that after all his time in Iraq, he can't pronounce the name of the country correctly!

Not So Fast...

We behead you infidels, you leave us alone! If Al-Qadea did not have a authentic recruitment tool, they certainly would have made one up. These are not people who live by the law or by the rule, they prove it over and over again. As to Mr. Alexander's claim that Mr. Cheney's statement re: saving lives is false, I would ask what knowledge does Mr. Alexander have re: actionable intelligence gained by virtue of enhanced interrogation and the potential impact upon population centers in the U.S. that may have been thwarted by counter-terrorism measures subsequently employed. The mistreatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib is a different story. It amounted to an abuse of prisoners for the sole purpose of gratifying someone's screwed up sense of power. Poor management/direction by senior officers led to the tragedy that is Abu Ghraib and I would bet if there is a recruiting element for Al-Qadea, the photographs of those tortured prisoners would be the most likely tool used. It just galls me that we continue to debate our response to these terrorists from a perspective that these are your average rank and file militants. They are not. They seek our destruction and will continue to do so as long as we do not either believe as they do or allow them to place their belief system ahead of our way of life in our own homeland (see not-so Great Britain). Radical Imams have been preaching hate against the West for years before 9-11, the invasion of Afghanistan or Iraq or enhanced interrogation or prisoner abuse. While Mr. Alexander may have witnessed "foreign fighters" in Iraq claiming to be there because of their knowledge of torture, I would think it important to distinguish whether that knowledge came from the photographs of abuse at Abu Ghraib which was widely publicized and served no purpose or was it news of "torture" as defined by liberal legal activists and parroted frequently by the media.

Not So Fast...

We behead you infidels, you leave us alone! If Al-Qadea did not have a authentic recruitment tool, they certainly would have made one up. These are not people who live by the law or by the rule, they prove it over and over again. As to Mr. Alexander's claim that Mr. Cheney's statement re: saving lives is false, I would ask what knowledge does Mr. Alexander have re: actionable intelligence gained by virtue of enhanced interrogation and the potential impact upon population centers in the U.S. that may have been thwarted by counter-terrorism measures subsequently employed. The mistreatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib is a different story. It amounted to an abuse of prisoners for the sole purpose of gratifying someone's screwed up sense of power. Poor management/direction by senior officers led to the tragedy that is Abu Ghraib and I would bet if there is a recruiting element for Al-Qadea, the photographs of those tortured prisoners would be the most likely tool used. It just galls me that we continue to debate our response to these terrorists from a perspective that these are your average rank and file militants. They are not. They seek our destruction and will continue to do so as long as we do not either believe as they do or allow them to place their belief system ahead of our way of life in our own homeland (see not-so Great Britain). Radical Imams have been preaching hate against the West for years before 9-11, the invasion of Afghanistan or Iraq or enhanced interrogation or prisoner abuse. While Mr. Alexander may have witnessed "foreign fighters" in Iraq claiming to be there because of their knowledge of torture, I would think it important to distinguish whether that knowledge came from the photographs of abuse at Abu Ghraib which was widely publicized and served no purpose or was it news of "torture" as defined by liberal legal activists and parroted frequently by the media.

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