Once we get beyond claims about the alleged mishandling of interrogations by CIA officers, there are a couple of things that people should keep in mind:
1. The interrogation program provided critical information that led to the disruption of terror attacks against U.S. interests in the difficult, early days after 9/11.
2. It isn’t by chance that there hasn’t been another terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
3. These actions were taken by well-intentioned individuals who were likely doing what they thought would help keep their fellow Americans safe.
4. The Justice Department investigation will likely have a chilling effect on CIA officers in the field, who will wonder if they should be getting the terrorist or getting lawyers.
5. Let’s not forget: We’re still at war, and our intelligence professionals represent our first line of defense.
– Peter Brookes, a Heritage Foundation senior fellow, is a former CIA officer.