The Daily Kos has a very interesting article The Torture-Free TRUE Story of The Best USMC Interrogator in WWII [Update].
We’ve known for some time that just as career military commanders warned against invading and occupying Iraq, career military interrogators warned against the use of torture or abuse of the Geneva Convention. Of course that didn’t stop the hysterics from screaming “What about that ticking time bomb scenario?” or “What about our troops in harm’s way?”
People promoting those arguments are betting on hysterical hyperbole to silence their critics. Ok, let’s play that hand.
I’ll see your “ticking time bomb” and raise you “exploding ordnance in the middle of armed conflict.”
I’ll see your “troops in harm’s way” and raise you “troops in kill zones.”
I’ll see your “contractors posing as troops” raise and call you with “the most effective United States Marine Corps interrogator during the Pacific Campaign of World War II.”
The author of the post then goes on to tell the story of Maj. Sherwood Moran. The article even reprints the Major’s instructions to other interrogators about the principles of interrogation even during the heat of the battle. If more people would listen to the stories of real soldiers rather than the stories of easy chair soldiers, we could put an end to this issue of using torture.
You have to wonder about the people who know that torture does not work but use it anyway. There is definitely some deep moral flaw in their character. We do not want such people interacting with our enemies. They will do none of us any good.