Saturday, April 25, 2009

Torture Costs American Lives

From Matthew Alexander via Andrew Sullivan:

"As a senior interrogator in Iraq, I conducted more than three hundred interrogations and monitored more than one thousand. I heard numerous foreign fighters state that the reason they came to Iraq to fight was because of the torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay. Our policy of torture and abuse is Al-Qaeda’s number one recruiting tool. These same insurgents have killed hundreds, if not thousands, of our troops in Iraq, not to mention Iraqi civilians. Torture and abuse are counterproductive in the long term and, ultimately, cost us more lives than they save."

1 comment:

Steven Carr said...

Many Americans says these people fight because they hate our freedoms.

I think you should listen to people trying to kill you when they explain why they are trying to kill you.

It helps you defend against them better.