Others speak out
When speaking on the UK reliance testimony on tortured gotten testimony the UK former ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray said "We are selling our souls for dross."( 1 ).
Former CIA directors and former CIA Counterterrorism Center Director Vincent Cannistraro plus 30 retired CIA, and other professional intelligence and interrogation professionals signed a letter to John McCain's anti-torture amendment(2 ).
In the letter they said "Those who press for the 'flexibility' to abuse prisoners have been willing to forsake both effectiveness and our values as a nation on the misguided belief that abusive treatment will produce vital intelligence. But interrogation in the real world rarely resembles what we see on television or in the movies," and also said "Serious efforts to extract intelligence from captured prisoners are not the stuff of television drama. This task requires research, native language skills, and developing sustained relationships with the targets of interrogation. Abusive tactics make developing these relationships more difficult; instead, they tend to induce a subject to tell an interrogator whatever he or she thinks the interrogator wants to hear. Once these barriers are built up, opportunities for obtaining reliable information from a target usually all but disappear, and vital information is permanently lost."(3 ).
Senator John McCain said "I know how evil this enemy is," and continued "This is really fundamentally about what kind of nation the United States of America is." And also said "One of the things that kept us going when I was in prison in North Vietnam was that we knew that if the situation were reversed, that we would not be doing to our captors what they were doing to us," (4 ).
When Hillary Clinton was a senator she said "As a matter of policy, it cannot be American policy, period," speaking on hypothetical "are very dangerous because they open a great big hole in what should be an attitude that our country and our president takes toward the appropriate treatment of everyone. And I think it's dangerous to go down this path."(5 ).