Experienced American interrogators along with other intelligence professionals and senior military leaders are collaborating to oppose torture. Human Rights First recently released a statement which has, as of the time of this blog post, 21 signatories. I am one of them. I believe we should “Support Interrogation, Reject Torture“.
The central message of the October 2014 Human Rights First statement is:
“Torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment are illegal, ineffective, counterproductive, and immoral.”
Our media have been filled with opinions about this highly sensitive issue, with profound moral implications, from many pundits with no experience in the field of national security, to say nothing of experience in interrogation itself. This needs to change. As this new Human Rights First statement makes clear, debates about interrogation, “should be informed by the real-world experiences of professionals in the areas of counterterrorism, interrogation, human intelligence collection, and national security policy.”
Our real-world experiences and more tell us that “Torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment are illegal, ineffective, counterproductive, and immoral.”