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    Vagabond57

    Can you see the gross contradiction here? On one hand, we are told by the CIA that those interrogations were so important that they prevented further attacks and led to several arrests. On the other hand, we are told by the CIA that the videos were of no importance and could be destroyed without concern. If they really were THE MOST IMPORTANT CIA INTERROGATIONS SINCE 911, why were the tapes destroyed?

    Can you see the second unavailing set of contradictions here? We are told by the CIA that the interrogation videos were destroyed to protect the identity of undercover officers and because they no longer had intelligence value. But why did agent John Kiriakou, leader of the CIA team that captured and interrogated Zubaydah, appear on ABC News' World News and on NBC's Today show without bothering to conceal his identity? Years from now, advances in digital technology will allow us to decipher the almost inaudible and normally inaccessible sounds made by terrorist suspects when breathing. But why were THE MOST IMPORTANT CIA INTERROGATION TAPES SINCE 911 destroyed?

    And if torture really does work, as Kiriakou suggests, who or what does it work for? When the Catholic Inquisition tortured its enemies, did it work for truth and freedom, or did it work for political ignorance and the denial of scientific facts?

    Like water-boarding, was the "iron-maiden" really an instrument of torture, or did some judges say perhaps it depended on the sharpness of its spikes?

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