April 24th, 2009
12:06 PM ET

Torture Memos vs. Red Cross Reports

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Olga Pierce

Take a look at this comparison of the recently released "torture memos," prepared by Bush administration lawyers, and a leaked Red Cross report in which prisoners were interviewed about being on the receiving end of the interrogation techniques. The chart is based on research by the ACLU, which filed lawsuits to get the memos released. Also, here is our list of still-missing Bush-era memos on prisoner treatment and warrantless wiretapping.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Torture
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Ron Illinois

    I am against torture, but I'm not against our troops killing these people in battle while they are shooting at our soldiers.

    Maybe we should try harder to take less prisoners.

    April 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm |

    The whole point of harsh interrogation is to make them uncomfortable, and hopefully gain information to prevent another 9/11.
    Do you think the terroists were worried about how they looked to the world when they killed over 3,000. of our citizens. Frankly, I think those men should have been excuted.
    The President and you, the media , should be thanking our former adminstration and covert ops. for keeping us safe. The releasing of this information and you promoting Obamas agenda only puts us back onto the danger watch.
    I know the national media and all of us got hoodwinked into Iraq, but still does not give anyone the right to put us in harms way now.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  3. Tim in Columbus, Ohio

    "I don't understand what alternatives we would have." We could have chosen not to use torture, which is what I consider those tactics to have been. If a subject is regarded as irrational, then that means they're fair game? We can do anything we want to them because they all supposedly hate Americans? Sounds close to dehumanization to me. Once a group is considered "not-human," then truly there are no limits to what is permissible. This is shameful!! Sometimes one asks why the Germans did not rise up against Hitler and the answer is that he had already killed or exiled anyone who disagreed with his policies, and the ones remaining had nothing to say. Hmmmmmmmm....imagine that!

    April 24, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  4. Sharon, LA, CA

    This whole business of releasing the documents and arbitrating how we deal with terrorists is going to hurt us more than help us. The ACLU? American Civil Liberties Union – is now defending terrorists? What do they recommend as the alternative? There are way too many criticizing everything with no recommendations for better ways. Just sick of the whole mess.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  5. Linda

    And because they hate Americans and terrorize others, do you think it's OK, then to terrorize them as well. Violence does not work; violence against another will not provoke the "truth" to be said. Being soft and asking nicely won't either. To the rest of the world, we are terrorists as well. Enough of the hypocricy already. Our armies killed thousands of innocent women and children in Iraq looking for WMD that did not exist. It was Bush's war. No ours.

    It's indeed very sad that Pres Obama and we as Americans are having to pick up the pieces of a failed war, security, and financial disaster. That's what is sad.

    When I'm in Europe, and in general conversation, I'm finding that reactions from those people are not as nice as they were years ago. So, I just try not to mention I'm an American. Being called a baby killer in responce to the war does not sit well with me.

    Wrong is wrong, no matter what we call torture.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  6. Barbara in Boston

    This is sickening. Even the "guidelines" are abhorrent to me. So much for the US being able to hold up its head as a nation that upholds human rights.

    April 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  7. Mari

    @ Adam Thousand Oaks CA........ Sorry, Adam, but IT IS torture. For your information waterboarding has been *** outlawed*** in our Nation since 1898.

    While Bush was governor of the State of Texas, a police chief was accused and convicted of waterboarding a prisoner. Bush refused to pardon the chief!

    Just because terrorist hate us, would kill us, does not excuse torture!

    The best way to win the war on terror is surgical strikes at the heart of their camps. AND win the hearts and minds of the people of the Middle East. Every Palestinian child who watch Israel invade their small country will make an easy recruiting target for Al-Qaeda and others.

    Bush/Cheney & Co., not only broke American laws but also International laws.

    Our Nation has long stood for freedom and justice. When we torture, when we break laws, the United States loses its standing and its respect.

    Making it very difficult for our Nation to demand human rights in China, Cuba and elsewhere when WE do not practice what we preach!

    You don't repay evil with evil, its in the Gospels look it up!

    April 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  8. Isabel

    Now the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could know about waterboarding or other enhanced methods.

    As I read: much-talked about bipartisan in USA, bipartisan may have happened and nobody knew.

    One question: what are the other enhanced methods?

    April 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  9. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    I am sure this wasn't a pleasant experience for those guys, but it is hardly torture in my mind. All those men walked out the same way they walked in. I don't understand what alternatives we would have. Reconditioning them that their extremist views of Islam are wrong is impossible. The HATE Americans and they wish we were all dead. Do people think you can use logic and reason with irrational people? We are not going to use the power of persuasion, and soft power to break hardened, evil terrorists, and I am deeply dissappointed that the President has decided to make all this information public. Very sad.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

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