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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by scourge99 View Post
    Each was an example of murder and extra-judicial action. None of it was apparently within the confines of the law consistent with due process and open to public or private scrutiny or oversight which is WHAT I AM ADVOCATING. I have never advocated willy-nilly EIM or any method in which a sleeping bag and electrical cord are used to suffocate a victim by strangulation or shackles are used to impart physical lacerations on a suspect.
    You said..."so because these unelaborated examples of torture."

    I elaborated.
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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by scourge99 View Post
    perhaps I'm still educating myself on the issue so what do you think about this:YouTube - Terrorist Interrogation Program Works
    Note: 2 YEARS ago. Quote: "names and addresses.. more than a dozen plots". But keep in mind these are all undisclosed sources.
    I've already discussed this report (not O'Reilly's interview, but the actual report). The ONLY verified instance of actionable information is KSM's tower plot. That's ONE. I've not said "it never works." In fact I've acknowledged it worked with him. What you have provided is a rehash of points already made, point I'm aware of, points I've discussed. This is actually the basis for my statement of "one or two out of 50 or 100 doesn't mean torture is effective."

    There was a book I was listening to earlier that mentioned an Israeli interrogation (or maybe somebody else) that proved valuable. I'm going back through them to try to nail it down.
    Very well, I look forward to your findings.

    There are 2 substantial problems with interrogation:
    1) determining whether they have information. (pre-interrogation)
    2) determining whether extracted information is legitimate. (post-interrogation)

    You keep flip-flopping between #1 and #2. Pick one you want to discuss and stick with it before moving the goalposts to the other.
    I can discuss both because both are relevant. I'm not moving the goalposts at all, I'm discussing the entire issue of torture and it's all within the scope of the debate. If you are uncomfortable playing on such a large field then don't play. But nobody has moved any goal posts here, and you can't show evidence of me doing this.
    I think its pretty well established that EIT has a fair chance at working when used on people who you know have information (assumes #1 is true). I don't know what percentage or the likelihood but its proven valuable on the few occasions where a government dares to disclose that its performed such an act.
    That's your opinion. The problem is that it's not "well established."
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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    I've already discussed this report (not O'Reilly's interview, but the actual report). The ONLY verified instance of actionable information is KSM's tower plot. That's ONE. I've not said "it never works." In fact I've acknowledged it worked with him. What you have provided is a rehash of points already made, point I'm aware of, points I've discussed. This is actually the basis for my statement of "one or two out of 50 or 100 doesn't mean torture is effective."
    Worked is an important term to define. Particularly given that the FBI agent assigned to deal with KSM noted that the torture strategies didn't develop any new information that hadn't already been gained by traditional interrogation tactics.

    Thus, terror DIDN'T work, per se. Because, if we are going to step into that realm, it better work a whole hellalot better than legal means. It actually is LESS effective, according to the FBI's lead interrogator.

    Thus, waterboarding (and other enhanced interrogation methods), were a huge mistake, because not only did they demean our national identity, THEY FAILED TO DELIVER NEW INFORMATION. These tactics failed on TWO levels.

    I'm not going to rely on my own claims, but I'll let the FBI's lead interrogator in this area speak for me:

    The Agent In Place: Torture Didn't Work - The Atlantic Politics Channel
    The Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from former lead FBI counterterrorism agent Ali Soufan. Soufan calls "enhanced interrogation techniques" "ineffective, slow, unreliable" and therefore harmful, "aside from the important considerations that they are un-American and harmful to our case and reputation." Soufan describes the successful non-coercive interrogation of Al Qaeda terrorist Abu Jandal, who "identified many terrorists who we later successfully apprehended." Soufan describes an interrogation method he calls the "Informed Interrogation Approach," which seeks to capitalize on the natural fear that a detainee feels as a result of his custody by adopting a posture of openness and respect.

    Soufan presents an interesting challenge to the Ticking Time Bomb Scenario. Noting that it took 83 waterboardings to force Khalid Shake Mohammed to cough up information, he describes that technique as "slow" and therefore unreliable when information needs to be obtained quickly. Soufan also provides an unclassified chronology of the joint FBI-CIA efforts to question Abu Zubaydah. He says that his early efforts to coax information out of the Al Qaeda operate were successful, and CIA director George Tenet prepared a congratulatory telegram. As soon as Tenet learned that FBI agents -- not his CIA team -- had taken the lead role in the interrogation, he withdrew the congratulations and sent a team from the CIA's counterterrorism center to the interrogation site. That team was assisted by a contractor who "instructed" the new CIA operatives in tougher interrogation techniques. According to Soufan, the new team began to use the EITs. Zubaydah stopped cooperating. Soon, the FBI was brought back in. Zubaydah opened up like a book.
    So, the term to describe waterboarding someone 83 times when time is of the essence: SLOW. Ineffective. Unreliable.

    That isn't "working".
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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Way to completely miss the f'ing point.

    This is so bad, so completely horrifying--that if you AREN'T angry, there is something wrong with you.
    There's a good deal wrong with me, of that there is no doubt.

    And in fact I am angry.

    I am angry at the blubbering drivel being spewed by lunatics who would criminalize government policy--who would, to assuage their guilty consciences, crucify men and women who did their duty as they saw it to be, with authorizations and clarifications emanating from up the chain of command.

    I am angry at the mewling and phony outrage that inspires those self-same self-righteous lunatics to engage in a witch hunt looking for crimes that do not exist and have never existed simply because they choose to pathologically hate President George W. Bush.

    I am angry that these self-same self-righteous lunatics would offend the Constitution and the rule of law by pretending their indignant persecutions have any basis in law, justice, or even common decency.

    I am indeed angry, and so I guess there's a bit less wrong with me than I first surmised....this is a good thing.

    So again...thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    I am angry at the blubbering drivel being spewed by lunatics who would criminalize government policy--who would, to assuage their guilty consciences, crucify men and women who did their duty as they saw it to be, with authorizations and clarifications emanating from up the chain of command.
    Oh, I would never hold the people at the bottom of the chain as culpable as those at the top, who set the policy.

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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Oh, I would never hold the people at the bottom of the chain as culpable as those at the top, who set the policy.
    In other words, you're angry about all this just because you hate President Bush.

    Helpful to know that.

    So yet again....thanks for sharing!

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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    There's a good deal wrong with me, of that there is no doubt.
    Ok. Keep this thought in mind.

    And in fact I am angry.

    I am angry at the blubbering drivel being spewed by lunatics who would criminalize government policy
    In other words, you wish to ignore crimes against the American people.

    I am angry at the mewling and phony outrage that inspires those self-same self-righteous lunatics to engage in a witch hunt looking for crimes that do not exist and have never existed simply because they choose to pathologically hate President George W. Bush.
    Witch hunt? When those unethical lawyers, who authored those torture memos, get disbarred will you then attack the bar?

    I am angry that these self-same self-righteous lunatics would offend the Constitution and the rule of law by pretending their indignant persecutions have any basis in law, justice, or even common decency.
    Bush and his goons raped our Constitution in so many ways it will cement his presidency as one of the worst in US history. He actually put into a version of the Patriot Act, that did not pass, ability to deport US citizens for what he tried to label as "terrorist acts". And these acts did not even have to be proven!

    Spare me you bs outrage over "offending" the Constitution. Puh-leeze!

    I am indeed angry, and so I guess there's a bit less wrong with me than I first surmised....this is a good thing.
    Me thinks you should stick with your first thought. It was the most accurate of this post.
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    President Obama will rank as one of our greatest presidents!

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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    I am angry at the mewling and phony outrage that inspires those self-same self-righteous lunatics to engage in a witch hunt looking for crimes that do not exist and have never existed simply because they choose to pathologically hate President George W. Bush.
    Here's a hint for you, Bush isn't president anymore. Stop bringing him up remember?

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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    Ok. Keep this thought in mind.
    I am never unmindful of it. I'm only somewhat arrogant.

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    In other words, you wish to ignore crimes against the American people.
    As there were no crimes committed, there is nothing to ignore. Keep in mind that all any on the lunatic left have been able to bloviate is that there were "crimes"--they are persistently unable to state a case for criminality with any sustainable specificity. Probably why the lunatic left keeps inventing new "crimes"; they hope if they throw enough mud something will someday stick.

    And that I do not ignore. I give it the proper scorn, contempt, and derision it and the lunatic left richly deserve.

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    Witch hunt? When those unethical lawyers, who authored those torture memos, get disbarred will you then attack the bar?
    Witch hunt. And we've already discussed that point--remember your pontification about "accepting" the enlightened adjudication of the bar?

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    Bush and his goons raped our Constitution in so many ways it will cement his presidency as one of the worst in US history. He actually put into a version of the Patriot Act, that did not pass, ability to deport US citizens for what he tried to label as "terrorist acts". And these acts did not even have to be proven!
    President Bush did nothing that President Clinton did not do, and nothing that Dear Leader is not currently doing. If the Anti-Republican Presidents did not "rape" the Constitution, then neither did President Bush.

    I know the lunatic left has a strong allergy to reality, but take some Benadryl and deal with the reality: President Bush committed no crimes, nor did his Administration.

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    Me thinks you should stick with your first thought. It was the most accurate of this post.
    Methinks a witty rejoinder and some repartee would be most welcome at this juncture. Have you any to offer?

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    Re: Conservative radio host gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before.....

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Here's a hint for you, Bush isn't president anymore. Stop bringing him up remember?
    So you admit that this whole waterboarding-is-torture nonsense is a foolish canard of the lunatic left, with no substance other than hating on a past President?

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