Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Failure of Post 9/11 Interrogation
I am not a Bush hater or baiter. I don't ascribe magical evil powers to him and his underlings. That said, his administration was extremely disappointing in how it handled interrogations and intelligence. The push to get information from suspects led to gross miscarriages of justice. But more than that, the waterboarding and other measures were ineffective and hurt our nation's ability to fight the Global War on Terror. First, we lost the moral authority to act; and, second, we hurt our ability to gather good intelligence from the bad guys. Rumsfeld and Cheney failed us. And now it is harder for our intelligence officers to do their job.