Lawrence O’Donnell takes on torture myths – Updated 4x

This is not a pleasant topic, but, sadly, one that needs to be discussed. When folks say someone was tortured or treated like an animal, I take objection to that. I wouldn’t treat an animal any differently than a human being. They both are thinking and feeling beings. Abuse to anything is wrong, it is just placing a vulnerable being in harm’s way. It is for that reason that I see importance in highlighting certain information.

Vodpod videos no longer available. UPDATE: A SEAL interrogator’s thoughts

UPDATE2: Thoughts from Steve Benen

UPDATE3: Thoughts from Colonel W. Patrick Lang, retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence & U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets)

UPDATE4: From the Washington Post April 24, 2009

The military agency that helped to devise harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme duress as “torture” in a July 2002 document sent to the Pentagon’s chief lawyer and warned that it would produce “unreliable information.”

“The unintended consequence of a U.S. policy that provides for the torture of prisoners is that it could be used by our adversaries as justification for the torture of captured U.S. personnel,” says the document, an unsigned two-page attachment to a memo by the military’s Joint Personnel Recovery Agency. Parts of the attachment, obtained in full by The Washington Post, were quoted in a Senate report on harsh interrogation released this week.  …

JPRA ran the military program known as Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE), which trains pilots and others to resist hostile questioning.