And I agree with John McCain…shocking, I know. Torture or advanced interrogation techniques or whatever you want to call them, do not work.
Torture didn’t lead the United States to Osama bin Laden, and the mission shouldn’t be used to justify the country’s use of it in the past, argues Sen. John McCain.
In fact, according to McCain, torture lead to false information.
“The trail to bin Laden did not begin with a disclosure from Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times,” McCain says. Intelligence officials first learned the nickname of bin Laden’s courier –Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti — “from a detainee held in another country, who we believe was not tortured.” And, he adds, “None of the three detainees who were waterboarded provided Abu Ahmed’s real name, his whereabouts or an accurate description of his role in Al Qaeda.”
The waterboarding of Mohammed, in fact, yielded “false and misleading information” about the courier, McCain says. The staff of the Senate intelligence committee has told him that the best information that led to bin Laden came through non-coercive means.
Torture violates even the basic dignity that all deserve. Christians cannot support the use of torture to obtain information and they should not support those who advance the use of torture. The ends do not justify the means. Torture is morally wrong, and we need to put an end to this barbaric practice.