The CIA’s interrogation program and the terrorist attacks it has prevented
In a revealing excerpt from his book, Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack, Marc Thiessen explains the sophisticated techniques by which CIA interrogators elicit the cooperation of, and CIA de-briefers elicit true information from, Islamic terrorists in U.S. custody.
What these men do is honorable and vital to our national defense. But the fact that they have to do it at all is the result of a factor that is never discussed, or never discussed critically, in our society: the prohibition on discriminating against any non-Western or nonwhite group. If we renounced that prohibition and named the enemy, which is Islam, and if we then proceeded not only to apprehend the enemy’s soldiers (as we are already doing) but to exclude from our country the enemy’s civilians (meaning believing Muslims), as any normal and rational non-Muslim country would do, then the endless, grinding effort to stop Islamic terrorist attacks on the U.S. would no longer be necessary, because there would be no actual or potential Islamic terrorists in the U.S.