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.