This is the problem with allowing fear of a threat to justify torture. As soon as the moral leap to torture is made, torture looks like the solution to every hard interrogation problem…Torture is illegal. It betrays our ideals. It is fundamentally un-American. And even if we were to accept that torture “works,” Rodriguez’s book shows why it is immoral. It dehumanizes not only the victim but the interrogator.
Alex Ebdo of the ACLU on a new book by Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and former Deputy Director of Operations