It’s not surprising that a number of CIA officials who participated in and directed the agency’s “enhanced interrogation” program are speaking out in defense of the agency’s actions.
However, their defense is faulty in several ways. The program’s supporters claim that these techniques were the only means of gaining useful intelligence to take down most of al Qaida’s leadership. It has long been acknowledged that “the end justifies the means” is a bankrupt ethical foundation.
Obstructing oversight is never good in a democracy, and failure to share information certainly harmed the homeland defense. Supporters have denied that the enhanced techniques were torture. But if these techniques weren’t torture, then what would be?
Terry Edwards, Miami