Thursday, May 14, 2009
Colonel Says Cheney Is Lying About Interrogation Success
Did interrogations save lives?
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is lying about the effectiveness of the Bush administration's questionable interrogation policies.
So says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson who served as then-Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff.
Wilkerson, who is now the Pamela Harriman visiting professor at the College of William and Mary, says in a guest column for The Washington Note that Cheney knows full well he's not telling the truth when he claims that the excessive interrogation of prisoners during his watch prevented another terrorist attack on the nation's homeland in the seven-and-a-half years following the 9/11 attacks. Mainly because the former vice president is aware that after the photos of the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Gharib came out, the CIA and its surrogates folded their tough interrogation tents. Which means, Wilkerson says, there were no attacks even though the tough interrogation techniques ended by Bush's second term.
The article is not just a good read. It's required reading. It also notes that before the September 11, 2001 attacks the Bush administration simply didn't have al Qadea on its radar. And counter terrorism czar Dick Clarke's warnings about the terrorist organization were ignored.
Wilkerson's piece puts into perspective the truth about harsh interrogation techniques. You can't say they saved American lives, Mr. Cheney, during a time when they weren't being utilized.
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