The Corner

More on Torture, Interrogations, Etc.

I was on a BBC radio show to discuss the interrogation memos and my column. The only line from my column the host quoted:

[L]et’s not sacrifice a single American life to score public-relations points in the cafés of Europe.

I said no offense to you Europeans but, yes, the lives of innocent Americans are more important than are your opinions of me. If that means I should expect sub-standard service the next time I order a croquemonsieur on the ChampsÉlysées, I’ll have to live with that.

This more serious thought has occurred to me since writing my column: Why not set up a truly blue-ribbon panel to review all relevant interrogation techniques and then report to the president which are effective?

Then the president can indicate which of these effective techniques:

  1. we never do, no matter what (because they “shock the conscience” and therefore constitute torture under American law);
  2. we will only do in the most extreme circumstances and under specific presidential authority;
  3. the DNI may authorize on his own under approved guidelines;
  4. SOP for all qualified CIA interrogators;
  5. SOP for all military interrogators (e.g. the Army Field Manual).

Isn’t that the way to strike a balance?

BTW, I was just on “To The Point with Warren Olney” on these issues — single-handedly arguing against Phillip Zelikow, Jane Mayer, and Glenn Greenwald. (To Warren’s credit, he gave me sufficient time for responses.) The show is broadcast at 10 PM in Washington, I believe.

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

Most Popular

Elections

Election 2020’s Endgame

Today on the menu: States are certifying their votes, and Trump's legal team is in turmoil. The 2020 Election Starts to Wind Down Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to certify their election results today, and Nevada is scheduled to do the same tomorrow. Saturday night, U.S. district judge Matthew W. ... Read More
Elections

Election 2020’s Endgame

Today on the menu: States are certifying their votes, and Trump's legal team is in turmoil. The 2020 Election Starts to Wind Down Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to certify their election results today, and Nevada is scheduled to do the same tomorrow. Saturday night, U.S. district judge Matthew W. ... Read More