Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Senate Committee: Aggressive Interrogations Damaged America

A Senate Armed Services Committee report, released yesterday, addresses America's abusive treatment of detainees and the resulting harm to American interests:
The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of “a few bad apples” acting on their own. The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority. 
See  the unredacted, executive summary of the Committee's report:  SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO THE TREATMENT OF DETAINEES IN U.S. CUSTODY

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