Today on Capital Hill, Ali Soufan, a top FBI interrogator who witnessed the CIA enhanced interrogation techniques used against high value terror suspects, is expected to blow the lid off Cheney’s recent claims that the former Administration’s use of torture worked and/or made us safer.
According to the Plum Line,(Greg Sargent’s Blog) Soufan’s testimony is expected to contradict the former Bush Administration’s talking points and provide details examining how our use of harsh enhanced interrogation techniques torture is really counterproductive.
These techniques, from an operational perspective, are ineffective, slow and unreliable, and as a result harmful to our efforts to defeat al Qaeda. (This is aside from the important additional considerations that they are un-American and harmful to our reputation and cause.)
Soufan’s testimony is as compelling as it is troubling but his message speaks volumes.
“People were given misinformation, half-truths, and false claims of successes; and reluctant intelligence officers were given instructions and assurances from higher authorities. Examining a past we cannot change is only worthwhile when it helps guide us towards claiming a better future that is yet within our reach”.