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Rove ‘proud’ of US waterboarding terror suspects

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on March 12, 2010

A senior adviser to former US President George W Bush has defended tough interrogation techniques, saying their use helped prevent terrorist attacks.

In a BBC interview, Karl Rove, who was known as “Bush’s brain”, said he “was proud we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists”.

Rove said

I’m proud that we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists and gave us valuable information that allowed us to foil plots such as flying aeroplanes into Heathrow and into London, bringing down aircraft over the Pacific, flying an aeroplane into the tallest building in Los Angeles and other plots,” Mr Rove told the BBC.

“Yes, I’m proud that we kept the world safer than it was, by the use of these techniques. They’re appropriate, they’re in conformity with our international requirements and with US law.”

Rove’s allegations that water boarding prevented attacks should be independently confirmed. He can’t be taken for his word not because he is untrustworthy but because the extent to which torture is a successful means to retrieve information is debatable. For instance torture can produce misleading information.

As part of an independent inquiry, direct proof should be provided as to what extent waterboarding contributed to preventing specific attacks which is what he suggests. Where tentative attacks simply discussed or were concrete plans laid out?

To judge that waterboarding was successful in preventing attacks, an independent inquiry should be carried out to determine the success of waterboarding in preventing actual planned attacks

Posted via web from CNS

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