December 30, 2012 - Scenes of prisoner abuses in Zero Dark Thirty, the Kathryn Bigelow film on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, have reawakened a debate over the United States' use of torture that should have been fully and publicly vetted long ago.
Whether the Bush administration's enhanced interrogations program, a.k.a. torture, "worked" is the question being kicked around, as if that should matter in a nation committed to human rights.
Knowledgeable commentators have taken both sides. Jose Rodriguez Jr., who oversaw the agency's counterterrorism operations at the time, says the harsh techniques elicited information that did contribute to locating bin Laden. Opposing that view are Michael Morell, acting CIA director, and California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who each blasted the movie as inaccurate and misleading.
Feinstein said a 6,000-page study just completed by the intelligence committee is highly critical of the CIA detention and interrogation program under President George W. Bush and demonstrates that information gained from mistreating prisoners did not play a significant role in finding bin Laden. read more>>>