April 23rd, 2009
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  1. Nattada, Houston TX

    God please keep this girl safe. She has suffer too much being a little girl. She should not have to burn herself for her basic right, and she is still a kid. This has to stop.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  2. david

    why does the aclu care ? abu graib and gtmo arent even in the us
    and the prisoners arent americans!!!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    It is definitely frightening to know that the Taliban are so close to the controls of Pakistani nuclear weapons...

    ...My heart goes out to that young girl who burned herself to protest a marriage that she didn't want...I can't imagine being sold to and forced to marry

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Are they threat on people right now?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  5. bob

    as a vietnam veteran – i'm with mc cain – no to torture

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @gail-you're absolutely right! When you're a soldier training for battle you know your torture will stop eventually.

    The detainees never know when it will stop.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    I have to say that everything is torture, it can be good or bad, but still torture...that's why this will never be fully solved, too many views on the subject....

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Tom

    Kathy, the reasons that torture makes the US LESS safe if two fold:

    1) It can be used as propaganda to recruit violent members to organization that are anti-US
    2) Any American prisoners ever taken can easily be "tortured" without the US having any moral ground on the issue whatever. All the captors have to say is "we don't consider it torture just like Cheney didn't consider waterboarding torture."

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Rebekah

    I remember hearing about how girls were treated in places occupied by the Taliban back in 5th grade. It horrified me then, and it terrifies me now. I can't believe everyone is still worrying so much about Iraq instead of Pakistan.
    Pakistan has nukes and we've thought/known the Taliban was there for the longest time, why have we done close to nothing there compared to everywhere else our troops are?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Lynn

    What Bill Bennett left out of Blair's comments was that he believed that the torture was not worth it as it did more harm than good.

    Also Robert Mueller, appointed FBI director by Bush in 2001 and continuing in the Obama administration said in 2008 that he did not believe that torture disrupted any planned attacks on America.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  11. David Siglin

    So...since the republicans do not think that any of the issues brought up in the "memos" amount to torture does that mean they would be OK with these same methods being merged into our legal system so cops can use them. Just think how much faster it would be to get convictions if everyone confessed.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Terrence wray

    Waterboarding is indeed torture... As Americans we like to say we did things in the interest of other lives but contrary to the evidence at hand this was a normal not advance torture method.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  13. James Hicks

    Proponents of water boarding, like Mr. Bennett will state "we subject our own soldiers to this training"–do we take individual US soldiers and water board them over 180 times in one month, following 11 days of sleep deprivation. It is one thing to experience water boarding one time (ala Sean Hannity's offer) it is another to be repeatedly water boarded, sleep deprived etc. It is torture, plain and simple. I suggest that anyone who says it is not torture should volunteer for a one week session of water boarding, under intense interrogation and sleep deprivation and then let us know whether or not it is torture.–Mr Bennett will you be the first to sign up?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Steve - southern Illinois

    Terrorists struck us on 9/11/01 and then the Bush Administration went beserk on Muslims torturing people, holding them without due process and invading Iraq. Anyone with common sense can figure out that created millions of more potential terrorists and made us less safe.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Sandra Robertson, GA

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, and James. So sad to hear of another child's death due to desperation from bullying. God Bless Jaheem's family.

    I pray for our troops and peace for Pakistan.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Laura - Va

    We pulled out of Afghanistan in 2002, for an invasion in Iraq. We left our mission. We were in pursuit of Osama bin Laden. We overthrew the Taliban. We are now diverting troops from Iraq to Afghanistan. Will we be sending more soon?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Joyce - FL

    Anderson, I agree with Bennett that Obama has waivered and it's politically motivated probably by Pelosi, and other Democrats.

    Obama may be hanging his administration and prospects of another term if he continues pursuing this matter, after announcing it was water over the bridge.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Sabrina

    @ Mike in Syracuse- So be it if the Dems go down if they knew about this and said nothing then they are just as guilty. This is not a political issue. The US does not Torture.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Jeepdriver

    Releasing the pictures of prisoner abuses is a big mistake! It will only give the Taliban, and other extremists more resolve to harm westreners.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Isabel

    What nonsense and unacceptable thing

    April 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Mark

    Bennet should listen closely to the president's statements, He only said "low level people would be exempt". All the conservatives tend to hear only what they want.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  22. Suzi

    such a scary situation in Pakistan.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  23. David, Indiana

    Hey Anderson, Erica, everyone. I think the investigation into this should go through congress, probably the Senate Committee on Intelligence. Waterboarding as well as other techniques, sleep deprivation, being confined to a cramped space, being forced to stand for long periods of time, etc are torture as far as I'm concerned, but in the having it out there will be serious arguments on both sides.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  24. scott

    Is it just me, or does this whole torture scandal sound like the modern remake of the Milgram experiment? The only differences from the classic experiment is the outcome was real? What a scary thought, dont you think?!!!!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Isabel

    Poor lady!

    April 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Mike Syracuse, NY

    As yourself the questions that if you could save your child's life by waterboarding a known terrorist, would you? I'd do it in a heartbeat.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  27. Sara K - Vancouver, Canada.

    There is a reason they are put through that for training. Its teaching them to RESIST torture! its not to test how long they can hold their breath.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  28. Cristy Kirssin


    That is an interesting point, I read somewhere that these torture techniques can produce incorrect information in respect to corrolating a connection between Iran and AlQueda...

    April 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Tom

    Dodie, yes waterboarding does violate the Geneva Convention Articles which is one reason that any rational person admits it is torture. The US SIGNED that agreement so the US government violated international law. Quite frankly, the people in the government who OKed these atrocities could easily be labeled "terrorists."

    April 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @ Isabel-the fear of dying can cause heart attacks. I've lived here during two major quakes and each time I recall at least one person who was thought to have died from a heart attack brought on by fear.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    To get serious measure, isn't that torture? One certain can't just ask.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Greg, Austin Tx

    I suppose that somebody is going to have to legally define torture in order to get both sides to a compromise. As it is now, it seems like trying to define torture is like trying to define "how high is up".

    April 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Mike Syracuse, NY

    It has yet to be established that waterboarding is torture. Carville is absolutely wrong about the Japanese soldiers in WWII. They did much, much more than waterboarding.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  34. Sara K - Vancouver, Canada.

    Agreed Heather! Bottom line, if any such thing was done to american soldiers by a hostile/enemy organization there would be something done about it. Guns blazing. Means do not Justify the ends. There's a reason why it is a war crime as defined in geneva.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  35. Gary

    Listen carefully to what Nancy Pelosi said. She said she was briefed about underwater contingency technique (waterboarding) but that it hadn't been used. Nancy, of course you were briefed that it hadn't been used when they were briefing to let you know it was going to be used. Why else were you being briefed on the topic?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  36. gail

    The people that wrote these atrocious legal opinions no longer work at Justice. Sadly, Bush gave one of them a lifetime judgeship. Wonder why?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  37. dan

    Actions cannot be decoupled from consequences. If a failure to use coercive interrogation techniques, call it torture if you wish, leads to the deaths of innocent people, is that moral? I consider it uncivilized to allow innocent civilians to perish in order to protect terrorists.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The US Special Operations Forces/covert intelligence officers go throught it and a lot more during SERE (and NOC) training.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  39. starr formerly known as vincent

    I believe our President Obama tried to inform the people and the world of the truth. He did not appear to want to use it as anything "political" and was willing to move on.

    However, since the actions taken (water boarding one person 183 times) is illegal and we are a member of the Geneva Convention. who also consider it illegal, there appears no choice but to pursue the truth.

    The TONE the last administration set allowed for many other abuses like Abu Garab toward anyone considered and "enemy" (mostly those of Islamic faith.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  40. Kathy, Chicago

    I still think that airing our dirty laundry will not keep us safe. I don't condone torture, but I don't think that the info should have been released. I do think that the White House should have taken it up with the CIA, Pentagon, FBI and Secret Service.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  41. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    OMG another 11 year old committed suicide because of being teased in school.
    How very sad 🙁

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  42. Rebekah

    I've seen photos of UK soldiers beating suspects from Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East while "interrogating" them from a while ago. Why is America so special that we can't just admit that torture was used?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  43. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    You know if you are going to abuse someone don't publish it! It'll comeback and haunt you..... this is really pathetic that officers believe that they are above he law and think they are able to abuse people.....

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  44. Fay - California

    President Obama needs to ignore Republicans like Bill Bennett who believe that a reconsideration of facts is merely "flip-flopping" – I am glad that the President has begun to lean towards more investigation of the torture allegations.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  45. Scott Bennett

    Dear AC: Thanks for being the first journalist I've heard who asked, "Does it matter if it [torture] does work?" Please keep asking this. Love your show. -Best, Scott, Connecticut

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  46. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @Tom, Cheney is saying if you declassify only the negative info, then you need to tell the whole story. How is that hypocritical? It was better if NOTHING were declassified. Obama opened Pandora's Box. If Cheney goes down, so will the Dems like Pelosi who knew.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  47. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Actually sunlight would not pass as a disinfectant in any doctor's office.

    Once again a right wing pundit pulls out an inaccurate slogan in a feeble effort to deal with serious crime and corruption.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  48. James

    If a bomb goes off in New York and a million people die, will then the US people approve of pushing terrorists to talk..?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  49. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Does waterboarding violate the Geneva Convention's article 3?

    April 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  50. Katt from Citrus Co. FL

    ALL of this should be brought out in the sunlight, I agree! Torture and abuse is wrong, no matter who is on the receiving end.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
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