December 14, Score it Cheney 1, Todd zip. It was not torture, as it was not part of the program. Medical experts told the committee and others have said publicly that there is no legitimate reason for that technique, no justification other than to cause fear and pain. On the most infamous technique used — the drowning procedure known as waterboarding — Todd asked Cheney how it could be legal if Japanese interrogators were prosecuted for waterboarding allied POWs during World War II. John McCain — imprisoned and tortured for more than five years in Vietnam — pointed out that some of those Japanese interrogators who used waterboarding were executed.
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Violation of Geneva Conventions? The Supreme Court has since ruled that the detainees were entitled to minimum protections provided under the Geneva Conventions, including prohibitions against torture and humiliation. In recent interviews, Cheney has twice claimed the techniques used by the CIA did not run afoul of international agreements. Cheney, Dec.
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I had long since come to that conclusion myself. As special agent in charge of the criminal investigation task force with investigators and intelligence personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq, I was privy to the information provided by Khalid Sheik Mohammed. I was aware of no valuable information that came from waterboarding. We know that legal, rapport-building interrogation techniques are the best way to obtain intelligence, and that torture tends to solicit unreliable information that sets back investigations.
Three major developments explored in detail by Kirk drive home the extent to which Bush and Cheney worked to ingrain torture in the American state. Ali Soufan, a highly experienced interrogator and Muslim who speaks fluent Arabic, took charge of the questioning. He deployed the traditional police model, which focuses on building rapport and a criminal case. Despite that quick success, word came down from Washington: Use violence.