Posted by: bklunk | November 5, 2006

Say That Again

US Seeks to Prevent Detainees from Disclosing Interrogation Methods Used on Them

URL: US Seeks to Prevent Detainees from Disclosing Interrogation Methods Used on Them

This one comes from ddelari

This article is discussing the government’s attempt to block terror suspects formerly held at CIA detention centers being allowed to tell their lawyers what happened to them.  The government does not want what the article reported as “alternative interrogation methods” to be released to the public.  The government claims that they are national security secrets and that if they are made known, terrorist groups may develop training tactics to counteract these interrogation tactics.  As the article is reporting, this mainly focuses on the fourteen detainees from CIA detention centers who were transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba several months ago.  Of them, this government action is mainly centered on Majid Khan and legal proceedings that involve him.  The government may have a point.  These “alternative interrogation methods” may be should remain secret, may be these detainees do have knowledge of locations and other information.  However, what does this look like?  With the secrecy that shrouds this, it would certainly lend many to believe that the government has something to hide, namely torture and other objectionable behavior.  Objectionable behavior, such as torture, should not be condoned by the United States government; legal actions like this do not help the government or the country in world (or domestic) public opinion.

My old friend Tony Arend called this “Alice in Wonderland” stuff.  He may have a point.  I recommend that everybody watch the Battlestar Galactica episode Collaborators

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  1. I agree with the government on this issue. I feel that it is in our own security interest that this imformation be kept secret. I don’t see any reason why this information can not be kept secret. It may seem that the government is trying to hide something, however I think that it is important to remember that the detainees are being held for a reason and that is because they pose a threat to not only the United States security, but the world as well. In regards to releasing this information what good will come about? Except for now terrorist groups can train againsts the effective interigation methods that are being used. People who want to know the specific details about these methods, what do they hope to accomplish? I think that people need to see that there is more at risk here than trying to expose the government to wrong doings, they are endangering our national security.

  2. Hi,
    It’s Dina (ddellari). I agree with a lot of what you’re saying Lance. Purely my opinion, but I trust the government, at least that they want to protect this country. To me it seems that it probably wouldn’t serve too much to release this information; unfortunately different groups would probably try to spin the information to serve their political/ideological objectives. However, perhaps some group (as unbiased as possible) might to allowed to talk to detainees as the Red Cross did a couple of months ago, and report to Congress only if abuses are found. I don’t know how realistic this is, but let me clarify that I was not saying that exposing government misbehavior is more important than national security. What I was trying to say is that while actively trying to protect ourselves from national security threats, a little public relations (especially for our allies) wouldn’t hurt.

  3. I agree with what Dina (ddellari) brought up in her post about how this move by the United States might not be viewed well by other countries in the world. And that certainly needs to be taken into consideration when the United States makes decisions such as these; I really think it’s all just a matter of how the United States addresses its decisions, what statements are made, etc. Granted, we’ll never be able to please everyone all of the time and I think it almost can go without saying that national security should be an utmost priority for our country. Clearly it is, as the government has decided that this information shouldn’t be released. And I agree completely with what both Dina and A Lance said in their posted comments; the government made a good decision in keeping this information secret. I just really think, however, that Dina did bring up a good point in relating this event to other countries in the world and it definitely got me to think a little bit more about the entire subject.

  4. I agree that the most prevelant concern of our government should be national security and safety. However at some point we must factor in the cost of our actions in terms of our political capital throughout the world. This supression of information smacks of guilt in the international community and although that should not necessarily be our governments primary motivator in policy making, it is still a factor worthy of consideration.

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