Even Johnny has to come-around on this one:Prisoner abuse started at the top
Posted Dec 13, 2008 @ 12:01 AM
The period when the U.S. government officially condoned harsh and abusive interrogation techniques - low-grade torture, really - at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and the CIA's secret prisons was a low one for our standing in the world and our self-image at home.
The waterboarding, sexual humiliation, stress positions, extreme temperatures and attack dogs were not who were are as a people. Now that period has been decisively rejected in a report by the Senate Armed Services Committee, its chairman, Carl Levin, D-Mich., and senior Republican, John McCain of Arizona.
The committee, 13 Democrats and 12 Republicans, found, without dissent, that those techniques "damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies and compromised our moral authority." In effect, along with the other drawbacks of abusing detainees, it just didn't work.