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Former CIA agent shines a light on a dark chapter

April 10th, 2014
03:28 PM ET

By Fred Pleitgen and Ken Olshansky, CNN

The great Roman philosopher and politician Cicero once said, "Laws become silent in times of war."

Many say the United States broke its own norms against prisoner abuse in its war on terror – undermining the U.S.'s role as a champion of human rights and the rule of law.

CIA operatives called things like waterboarding "enhanced interrogation methods." But the only adequate word to describe them is "torture."

A pending report on a senate investigation into the brutal interrogations has become a political football, with critics calling it "a partisan sham."

But Dianne Feinstein, the head of the senate intelligence committee, says it's vital to show that the U.S. is a country that makes mistakes, but also one that has the courage to deal with them openly.

In an interview with CNN’s Fred Pleitgen on Thursday, former CIA agent Glenn Carle – who worked at so-called ‘black sites’ – describes the moment the Agency became “caught-up in enhanced interrogation.”

Click above to see why he says there is “no debate” over whether the method works – it doesn’t.


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  1. ashok

    One of the things that makes the US a great nation is that it has the capacity to acknowledge a mistake and greatly reduce the chance that it will be repeated.

    April 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • Frank

      They are still in Afghanistan and now they wana fight against islam. BIG mistake AGAIN !

      April 15, 2014 at 6:44 am | Reply
  2. Jeffrey Ludwig

    Every time someone spouts off about "torture" without any reference whatsoever to the legal definition of "torture" according to US law is giving nothing more than an uninformed personal, subjective opinion.

    April 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  3. Recon Marine

    This is crap! Bush asked for authorization to do to terrorists what we, the US Military, does to our own troops in training every single day....He was granted permission and it worked.

    We dumped water on 3 bad guys....

    If you think water boarding is torture then there are a ton of special operation and pilot vets who should sue for being tortured in their survival training.....

    April 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Faruq

      There's a difference between having it done in a controlled environment, when you have an idea of what will happen and having it done by a bunch of prison guards, who don't seem to care whether you live or die while water larding you.

      April 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • Joe Edge

      Your attempted comparison of training for life saving purposes, and torture to exact intelligence information is WAY off base, Marine. Retired US Army Ranger.

      April 12, 2014 at 10:24 pm | Reply
    • Tom C

      Dumped water on 3 bad guys, "Recon Marine"?

      Try tortured over a hundred to death. Nice minimization attempt, but I won't let you get away with it.

      April 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  4. Joshua

    I think that Miss Amanpour should also mention that Marcus Cicero was responsible for proposing and passing a motion in the Roman senate authorizing the execution of Roman citizens without trial after the Cataline affair. Hardly a credible or outstanding choice of contributor given the nature of the article.

    April 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  5. eamonS

    To call the use of torture a "mistake" just shows how little real importance is given to the USA´s atrocious behaviour. Could we say the same about other countries that have tortured US people? A mistake? The use of the Word just shows how sincere the US politicians and their masters are.

    April 13, 2014 at 7:23 am | Reply
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    April 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  7. perdita_q

    The use of torture damages the reputation of the United States, creates hostility towards our troops, provides a pretext for cruelty against U.S. soldiers and citizens. Torture undermines the credibility of the United States when it argues for international human rights.

    April 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  8. Whaddeva

    Cannot believe, this must be a lie... it cannot be.... he is an alien impostor or some other foreign spy.... this simply cannot be a truth.... As far as I know, CIA is humanitarian organisation, spreading medical assistance, humanity and democracy throughout the rest of the World.... ok, maybe a little peek here and there into other countries affairs, but no torture, no way.....

    April 14, 2014 at 5:15 am | Reply
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    @ Recon Marine, ya know what else is crap? Holding people in prisons for years without ever charging them of a crime!!! Or trying them even! As a marine i would think you would find that quite equivalent to a POW! Are you endorsing that too? And @ wadeva i hope you meant that in a sarcastic manner. None of this is amusing and i just find it totally disgusting! Puts us on the same playing field with the chubby one in NK and that makes me sick!!!

    April 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
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