Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Torture counterproductive in Iraq

Democracy Now! interviewed a former special intelligence operations officer who led an interrogations team in Iraq two years ago. His nonviolent interrogation methods led Special Forces to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He has written a new book, "How to Break a Terrorist: The US Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq."

The publication date for the book was delayed for six weeks due to the Pentagon’s vetting of it. The soldier wrote it under the pseudonym, Matthew Alexander, for security reasons. He says the US military’s use of torture is responsible for the deaths of thousands of US soldiers by inspiring foreign fighters to kill Americans.

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2 comments:

Phil BC said...

Socialist greetings from Stoke SP!

I've only just been made aware of your blog, even though yours is probably one of the oldest left wing political blogs around. I'm writing to let you know I've added you to the CWI blogroll on my site. If there are any other active CWI bloggers you're aware of who aren't on my list, please let me know.

Comradely,
Phil BC

classroom teacher said...

Phil I am probably one of the oldest left wingers these days! Thank you.