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Larry Johnson: Officers in CIA don't endorse torture or believe it will help us

In a post on TPM Cafe, former CIA officer and counter-terrorism specialist Larry Johnson says that those "in the know" know torture is not the answer.
I think Dick Cheney has been watching too many Hollywood flicks that glorify torture. He needs, instead, to get on the ground and talk to the folks he is ostensibly trying to empower to torture. Unlike Dick I have spoken with three CIA operations officers in the last three months--all who have worked on terrorism at the highest levels--and not one endorses torture or believes it will help us. In fact, they believe it will hurt us on many levels. […] I think Dick Cheney has been watching too many Hollywood flicks that glorify torture. He needs, instead, to get on the ground and talk to the folks he is ostensibly trying to empower to torture. Unlike Dick I have spoken with three CIA operations officers in the last three months--all who have worked on terrorism at the highest levels--and not one endorses torture or believes it will help us. In fact, they believe it will hurt us on many levels. [more]
This administration finds facts and true expertise get in the way of their agenda. "My mind is made up so don't confuse me with the facts." I find it fascinating that so many people who actually know something about torture — including Sen. John McCain, many military leaders and CIA officers — support a ban on torture because they see that the ramifications far outweigh any possible benefit. Yet, this pig-headed administration thinks they know what's best and will do their best to get their way even when all the evidence is against them. That's the height of arrogant foolishness.

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