What do I think about upon reading an article about the death of Tariq Aziz, a one-time Iraqi vice president and spokesman for the late Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq? I think about the details of my interview with the man who interrogated Aziz as well as other members of Hussein’s inner circle (a.k.a., “The Deck of Cards”).
From Page 49 of The Clapper Memo
Released in May 2013, my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, contains details of my interview with the man — who I call “Ed” in the book, because revealing his real name could put him in danger — who also interrogated members of both al-Qaeda and the Taliban while under contract to the Defense Intelligence Agency. Incredibly, the interrogations were conducted without the use of polygraph machines, waterboarding techniques or any other contact-involved tools. And, most importantly, the interrogations yielded results that far surpassed those obtained through polygraph and waterboarding methods.
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According to a Department of Defense puff piece today that focuses on the Capitol Hill testimony of Brian P. McKeon yesterday, the question is not whether to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, it’s how to do it. Others, including first-term Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), offer an opinion seemingly 180 degrees opposite the one espoused by the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy and the Obama Administration.
Beginning at the 3:00-minute mark in the video above, Senator Cotton grills McKeon about the Obama Administration’s false narrative that the mere existence of the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay has caused more terror attacks. Then he gets to the heart of his argument:
“Islamic terrorists don’t need an excuse to attack the United States. They don’t attack us for what they do, they attack us for who we are. It is not a security decision. It is a political decision based upon the promise the president made on his campaign. To say that it is a security decision based upon the propaganda value that our enemies get from it is a pretext to justify a political decision.
“In my opinion, the only problem with Guantánamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now. We should be sending more terrorists there for further interrogation to keep this country safe. As far as I’m concerned, every last one of them can rot in hell. But as long as they can’t do that, they can rot in Guantánamo Bay.”
Though I would not wish anyone to “rot in hell” as the senator did, I do agree with the other 99 percent of his stance on the issue.
Why? Because I conducted an exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of so-called “credibility assessment” technologies at places like Guantánamo Bay and share never-before-published details from my investigation in my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.
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For the short-version details about what is truly wrong with how the federal government has handled the situation at Guantánamo Bay since the beginning of what was once known as the Global War On Terror, read the two pieces below: