Friday, April 24, 2009

The Limits of "Harsh Interrogation"

Cliff May at NRO does yeoman's work in detailing the details of the CIA's coercive techniques in interrogation. We are pleased that he explains exactly what agents did with high-value detainees.

We quote with approval a few paragraphs:

Such detailed rules suggest that serious thought was given to where to draw the line between coercion — “stress and duress” — and torture. You can disagree with where those lines were drawn, but I don’t see how you can say no attempt was made to set limits.

Nor do I see how — except in an Orwellian universe — lawyers from the current administration can prosecute lawyers from the previous administration because they disagree with their legal opinions.

Not only lawyers but also physicians and psychologists were involved in these decisions. Indeed, these interrogations were supervised by physicians and psychologists who had the power to stop them.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I certainly agree that the threats of prosecution are ridiculous.

Do you still read Ms. McArdle? She's had a fascinating ongoing discussion on this topic that I've found to be quite insightful.