Excellent article on the disclosure of the memos analyzing the legality of the interrogation techniques from Bush’s former Atty General and former director of CIA: The President Ties His Own Hands on Terror
It points out the obvious that interrogation is not used for confession it is used for intelligence. And further:
The techniques themselves were used selectively against only a small number of hard-core prisoners who successfully resisted other forms of interrogation, and then only with the explicit authorization of the director of the CIA. Of the thousands of unlawful combatants captured by the U.S., fewer than 100 were detained and questioned in the CIA program. Of those, fewer than one-third were subjected to any of the techniques discussed in these opinions. As already disclosed by Director Hayden, as late as 2006, even with the growing success of other intelligence tools, fully half of the government’s knowledge about the structure and activities of al Qaeda came from those interrogations.fully half of the government’s knowledge about the structure and activities of al Qaeda came from those interrogations.
Obama’s a fool and has ensured we have forever lost effective techniques against terrorist. We are all a LOT less safe.