Yousefzadeh on the DC Smackdown: Advantage Cheney Over Obama

by Benjamin Domenech on 12:30 pm May 22, 2009

Before weighing in on the split-screen showdown that occurred today in Washington, let me be clear about the views I have on the questions before us: I write as one who believes that waterboarding is counterproductive at best, and torture at worst.

I write as one who believes that torture rarely is justified. And I write as one who believes that the patient and ingratiating questioning of terrorists conducted by the FBI has done more to give the United States actionable intelligence than have the interrogation methods implemented by the CIA–methods that were used by people who meant well, but who did not get as much valuable intelligence as did their FBI counterparts.

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