Nevertheless, it's time to put this particular argument to bed.
With Obama's release of previously classified Bush era memos, it has become patently clear
that enhanced interrogation practices resulted in specific, actionable intelligence that directly averted terrorist murders of innocent Americans:
interrogation with enhanced techniques "led to the discovery of a [Khalid Sheik Mohammed] plot, the 'Second Wave,' 'to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into' a building in Los Angeles." KSM later acknowledged before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay that the target was the Library Tower, the tallest building on the West Coast. The memo explains that "information obtained from KSM also led to the capture of Riduan bin Isomuddin, better known as Hambali, and the discovery of the Guraba Cell, a 17-member Jemmah Islamiyah cell tasked with executing the 'Second Wave.' " In other words, without enhanced interrogations, there could be a hole in the ground in Los Angeles to match the one in New York.But wait, there's more:
The Office of Legal Counsel memo states "we discuss only a small fraction of the important intelligence CIA interrogators have obtained from KSM" and notes that "intelligence derived from CIA detainees has resulted in more than 6,000 intelligence reports and, in 2004, accounted for approximately half of the [Counterterrorism Center's] reporting on al Qaeda." The memos refer to other classified documents -- including an "Effectiveness Memo" and an "IG Report," which explain how "the use of enhanced techniques in the interrogations of KSM, Zubaydah and others . . . has yielded critical information."Of course, the usual whiners will accept nothing less than a Divine revelation as evidence when it comes to admitting that anything the evil Bush did could possibly have been motivated by prudent patriotism, much less that these techniques they so breathlessly condemn actually save lives when used in the correct situations.
But most normal people, who, pace to the pacificist Left, are not moral monsters, and who do not believe in inflicting pain simply for the sake of cruelty, will take these revelations as what they are: good news showing that our intelligence and military officials are doing a conscientious job using reasonable measures to find out what our enemy knows, and prevent further loss of innocent life.