How do we get him to reveal his group's plans and the names of his colleagues? It will be hard. It will, in fact, be harder than it used to be. He can no longer be waterboarded. He knows this. He cannot be deprived of more than a set amount of sleep. He cannot be beaten or thrown up against even a soft wall. He cannot be threatened with shooting or even frightened by the prospect of an electric drill. Nothing really can be threatened against his relatives -- that they will be killed or sexually abused.This scenario is very similar to one laid out previously by Michael Scheuer, with regard to the hypothetical capture of Osama bin Laden. Unfortunately that is where we are right now, with blind legalism in the driver's seat. The whole article should be read, especially by the moralistic fools who put the imaginary rights of terrorists above the security of the American people -- the same imbeciles who think that torturing a terrorist like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed somehow makes us morally equivalent to Al Qaeda.
He knows the new restrictions. He knows the new limits. He may even suggest to his interrogators that their jobs are on the line -- that the Justice Department is looking over their shoulders. The tape is running. Everything is being recorded. He is willing to give up his life. Are his interrogators willing to give up their careers? He laughs.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Richard Cohen's Torture Article
Richard Cohen is one of the more intellectually honest liberals out there, and his piece called, "Torture's Unanswerable Questions," is no exception. In the key passage he asks what will happen the next time we have another terrorist leader in custody.