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Matthew Alexander, Former Military Interrogator: Torture Slowed Down Effort to Find Osama bin Laden

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DemocracyNow.org - 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. Democracy Now! interviews Matthew Alexander, a former senior military interrogator in Iraq. "I believe wholeheartedly [Bush-era] techniques slowed us down on the road toward Osama bin Laden and numerous other members of Al Qaeda," Alexander says. "I am convinced we would have found him a lot earlier had we not resorted to torture and abuse." For the video/audio podcast, transcript, to sign up for the daily news digest, and for Democracy Now!'s comprehensive news archive on reports on the 9/11 terror attacks and the U.S.-led war on terrorism, visit http://www.democracynow.org/tags/war_on_terror FOLLOW US: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/YT
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Ser Torrhen Clegane (5 years ago)
That Bush's naïve response. How ever should we care about how the ends were accomplished? A moral compass is not needed in war or even in a fight. It's a weakness.
jblitz59 (7 years ago)
Wars on Terror? Or Wars of Terror?
Phil Osborne (7 years ago)
Pseudonym? Can see his face.
ladyoflotustribe (7 years ago)
THESE GUYS ARE CLOWNS....what RE THEY DOING There????? wow get these clowns outa here man
TheAerialbomb (7 years ago)
@Cabronosidad I have no idea what we have come to at times. And why are they are trying to rewrite history again. I'm amazed. These guys should be put on trial.
Cabronosidad (7 years ago)
This must be the ultimate audacity. At a time when the thugs from the Bush era should be standing trial on treason charges, instead they're using the successful extra judicial murder of Bin Laden as a reason to justify another illegal activity: torture. The US has completely lost its moral compass; waterboarding, extraordinary rendition, GITMO, drone attacks. And they think they're hated for their freedoms? Puh-lease!

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