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January 22nd, 2010
12:00 AM ET

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Haiti’s ongoing relief efforts and the debate about torture and interrogation that Professor Philippe Sands and Chief speechwriter to former President G. W. Bush entertained were the most commented topics.   Concern over Haitians and their welfare continued to be a priority among the majority and although most agreed the interview about interrogation methods was “fantastic”, they described it as a divisive topic that “needed to be addressed.”

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Dawn Chandler Young While I agree with that we definitely need to clear up the law regarding torture and war. Terrorism is NOT a new term, it is the Oldest term in the history of human kind. We just arent used to being the terrorists. and Americans still dont understand what happened because they didnt elect Bush, and Bush and Cheney didnt comply with the law in any way shape or form, everything from the justice department filings to the yellow cake uranium, to the non compliance with congress when subpoenaed is conspiracy against the United states of America.

Melvin Hoe Fantastic interview with many great insights. Mark's reactions to this sensitive topic is quite entertaining 🙂 A very divisive topic for sure, but Professor Sands made a very good point about the UK not using "enhanced interrogation" techniques while still being able to remain safe. There has to be another way out.

Ifeanyichukwu Ikwecheghe Some times controlled torture is good, provided its designed to yield a positive result of getting useful info

Yusuf Blaq I'm against torture.

Shahpour Shahpourian of course waterboarding is a torture

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  1. Gerard Mc Ardle, Drogheda & Belfast, Ireland

    Ifeanyichukwu Ikwecheghe Some times controlled torture is good, provided its designed to yield a positive result of getting useful info

    To the above...

    Torture is never good...& your argument about torturing people until you get information out of them is just stupid...what if they die before you get a vowel or a consonant from their lips? I'll have wasted your time & they'll be history!

    January 22, 2010 at 2:42 am | Reply
  2. Eva Adams

    Christiane, you've been talking to the Clintons, Preval and UN officials at the highest levels and asking hard questions that still aren't being answered. Next step for CNN – Please identify who is in charge at high levels of distributing medical supplies!

    I can't stand it. Last night I read Dr. Mark Hyman's blog on Huffington Post crying over the need for supplies and this morning I see this report from Dr. Gupta carrying a tiny little bag to where?

    I'm totally appalled! I saw a picture of Dr. Hyman with Anderson Cooper and another one of the famous 6 year old Kiki at that same hospital. It seems to be the General Hospital. All those doctors there and no supplies. All those supplies sitting at the airport. One tiny bag of relief. WHY?
    Is the Comfort there or not? Is there anyone in the UN or the State Dept. or the Army or the Haitian government linked to the distribution of medical supplies??????????
    I cried with Dr. Hyman last night. I cried with Dr. Gupta this morning. Why??? Tell me WHY! Who is not ordering medical supplies to get to the MAIN GENERAL HOSPITAL now!??!

    Eva Adams
    an American in Berlin, Germany

    January 22, 2010 at 10:38 am | Reply
  3. craig

    Throwing water over a guys face is hardly tourture.. And who cares anyway? They got information that stopped at least 24 terrorist attacks in England and America. This interrorgation method works.

    January 23, 2010 at 11:46 am | Reply
  4. Gary Iverson

    While watching daily reports of the total destruction, the terrible loss of life and limb, and the severe suffering of the Haitian people; we should be reminded of how our soldiers have effected the Island in such a heroic way. Their arrival gave the needed stability, direction, and assistance that we all can be proud of. They are giving the strong willed Haitians some hope that their lives will get better.

    In Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Haiti; our military has once again left their family and loved ones behind to give a performance that we all can be proud of.

    To be sure, others in the world have joined our efforts for this humanitarian cause. But it is the American soldier who, along with the massive donations and support from the American people, the entire world can watch in amazement.

    Let this be a humble reminder for those few who believe the United States is a wicked nation, and should be destroyed.

    January 24, 2010 at 7:31 am | Reply
  5. bozhidar balkas vancouver

    It is systemic;i.e., of the system, to avoid the study and dicussion of some systems of rule.
    Most or all journalists, clergy, cia and fbi agents, army echelons, pols never ever talk ab US structure of society and governance.

    One of the greatest ever snake oil sales in US was convincing americans that US system of rule is a novely and a specialty. In fact, US sytem or rule differs in basics only slightly if at all from social and governmental structure, of sumer, akkad, egypt, persia, greece, rome UK, russia, just to list a few of the iniquitous system of governance and society.
    more cld be said. tnx

    January 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  6. Marilyn

    $3.00 a day to pay Haitian's to work? Yes, better than $1.00/day but still slave labor. No wonder the Haitian people live such a sub-standard life! Pay the decent wages to rebuild their country to become a country to be proud of. Something needs to be done to avoid a corupt government again. Giving these people fair wages to build their self respect and their world. This would also give them more power and independece to fight coruption. Keeping the Haitian's poor and dependent on a corupt government that gives them so little is what the Haitian Government would like to go back to. This is the time for change and a better life for these wonderful people. It will that the US and the UN to see to this. If the Haitian Government is made more accountable the Haitian people could finally have the better life that they so deserve. Education and fair wages is sorely needed. An educated people will become the new leaders of tomorrow and a better world! We must not forget this country and ignore their plight as we have done in the past.

    January 24, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  7. Katen


    Last week you said at the very beginning that the earthquake happened on THURSDAY!

    What is going on with you? You are too good to either make silly mistakes or ask such ridiculous questions of people as you did of the man, who was NOT EVEN a geologist (even they would not know), "is there going to be another earthquake?"

    why aren't people focusing on the fact that chaos would not have even occured if these large aid agencies weren't tripping over one another putting up their nice, neat, AIR CONDITIONED tents instead of getting water to the people first! People are having amputations WITHOUT even aspirin, while pain killers or anesteasia sits on an uncrowded Tarmac, and that clean empty airport could have been turned into a makeshift hospital, while the bloody COMFORT left port so late that 10's of thousands of people lay dying? These are issues that make people riot! But the Haitian people have so much grace an had to wait for MILTARY to come to even get water. None of that would have been necessary if aid orgs used some GD COMMON SENSE AND COMPASSION!

    Sorry for my anger, I feel helpless! And tired of watching mass IDIOCY!

    January 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  8. Alex

    The U.S. and French have consistently backed the MRE’s (the Bambam – the "morally repugnant elites" – the wealthy class of Haitians) who have not contributed positively to the social well being of the country.

    The MRE's have always profited handsomely on the backs of the poorest people in the hemisphere.

    Haiti is a million times worst than it was under Aristide. The USA backed a coup d’etat instead of waiting until the end of the Constitutional term and see if the MRE's could get themselves duly elected – simply PROVE to the people, through legal means, that is the ballot box, they were better leaders for Haiti. Why did we support the MRE's over Aristide? Must we always support the MRE’s world-wide? We need to support real change and democracy – not just talk about it!

    January 24, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  9. Comitas Smithee

    People have certainly devalued the word "torture." The same people do the same thing with "crisis." And "unprecedented." Everything these days is either unprecedented, a crisis, or an unprecedented crisis. Waterboarding, as practiced by U.S. agents, is not torture. I'm sure it is very unpleasant and frightening, but folks should not be so squeamish when dealing with deadly threats. Thiessen came off as sensible and on solid ground. The arguments against it based on the quality of the information obtained are demonstrably spurious. This issue is not going to be a vote-getter for Democrats.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:26 am | Reply

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