Does Fox News contributor Juan Williams really think we pull out people’s teeth and eyeballs? He’s got an issue with enhanced interrogation techniques for certain, but when reality is not nearly as bad as you think, do you just start making stuff up out of thin air?
Williams was trying to make a point that torture is bad, and certainly poking one’s eyes out and pulling teeth can definitely be considered torture I guess, but Juan … we’re not doing that nor were we doing that.
Point Number One
I’m quite certain enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) are not used to gather new information. Think about the psychology of stress here. As many “anti-torture” folks like Williams like to point out, there are other ways to get information and the information gathered during an EIT session – even multiple sessions – is probably not all that reliable.
That’s why – during EIT – you never ask a question you do not already know the answer to.
Go back and read that last sentence again.
Of course, the detainee does not want to provide any information at all during the enhanced interrogation sessions for a multitude of reasons. They don’t even want to answer the really obvious questions. The techniques are used to gain compliance of the detainee, not to gather new information.
Once the detainee has “broken” and provided information we already know is true during EITs, that is a turning point for the detainee. After the EIT session is when the flood gates of new information is brought out, during the regular interrogation that Williams is comfortable with.
Williams needs to understand EITs do have an important role when it comes to gathering intelligence from high-value detainees.
Point Number Two
We never did any enhanced interrogation techniques at Gitmo. No waterboarding was done at Gitmo.
I’m just throwing that second one out there for those of you who did not know. Maybe President Obama found that out during his first year in office?
On to the video, courtesy Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit.