So we’ve learned a little more about how the CIA went about extracting information from al-Qaeda suspects.
The declassified document released by the justice department says that one agent told 9/11 suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that “we’re going to kill your children” if there were further attacks on the US. We’ve also heard other interrogations also relating to the threat al-Qaeda posed to America. Looking at reaction online most of you seem to fall into three clear camps – which one do you belong to?…
1. NOT THE BIGGEST DEAL. The response was understandable considering the threat, and that there are mome important matters for the Obama administration to be concerning itself with.
2. IT WAS WRONG, BUT IT’S GONE. The techniques used weren’t justifiable, but Pres Obama’s new High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group is evidence that America has learned and moved on. Let bygones be bygones, express regret but leave it at that.
3. THE TRUTH MUST OUT, AND PROSECUTIONS SHOULD BE SOUGHT. AMERICA SHOULD BE What happened was outrageous, further disclosure from the CIA is necessary and those involved should face the law.
Where do you stand?
Is it time Americans accepted their country’s response to 9/11 occurred in a time of great fear, of great threats and where security was more important than anything else?
Even if you’d rather it had been different, is it in everyone’s interests to move on and concentrate on how America and the rest of the world combats Islamist extremism?