Daily Archives: February 17, 2010

Enhanced Interrogation Was The Right Policy by Gregory Hilton

Gen. David Patraeus of Central Command is correct in condemning the abuses at Abu Gharid prison in Iraq. Those unauthorized activities which resulted in jail time for the soldiers involved. They did hurt America’s image.
Patraeus is also correct regarding the effectiveness of enhance interrogation techniques. The best testimony come from Adm. Dennis Blair, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence. He is the one who has pointed out that most of what we know about al-Qaeda came from using those techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah. Blair said, “High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country. I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past, but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.”