Former Military Interrogator Matthew Alexander: Despite GOP Claims, "Immoral" Torture "Slowed Down" Effort to Find Osama bin Laden

(Multimedia) The death of Osama bin Laden has sparked a debate over whether torture of suspects held at places such as the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay helped track down and kill the Al Qaeda leader. Some claim the mission vindicated controversial Bush policies on harsh interrogation techniques. We speak with Matthew Alexander, a former senior military interrogator in Iraq. "I believe wholeheartedly [Bush-era] techniques slowed us down on the road toward Osama ... Full Story »

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - May. 6, 2011

This story seems well written and informative. The conversation with Matthew Alexander is excellent

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - May. 6, 2011

But Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had to have known his real name or at least how to find him, a location that we might look, but he never gave up that information. And so, what ... More »

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Barry Grossheim
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by Barry Grossheim - May. 6, 2011

This is an important interview. The Obama administration needs to get this information out to the public and should consistently use it to counter the Bush apologists who claim that torture in necessary and now that the death of bin Laden is proof that it works. This man speaks to the heart of the problem both from an efficacy point of view and from a moral point of view. Excellent.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - May. 4, 2011
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Michael V. Marcotte
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by Michael V. Marcotte - May. 6, 2011

It's one expert's view so fairness is limited in that respect. The program seems to be using him to rebut an argument but doesn't provide any rebuttal in turn.

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