January 22nd, 2009
05:43 PM ET

Banning Enhanced Interrogation: Does it invite U.S. enemies?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama issued three executive orders today that signal a sharp departure from the Bush Administration. One of them bans torture. It ends the CIA practice of so-called enhanced interrogations and requires the Army field manual be followed for terror interrogations.

Leg shackles sit on the floor at Camp 6 detention center at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Bush administration and intelligence agencies under Bush's command said the tactics were the only way to get information from suspects being held captive in the war on terrorism.

The techniques include forceful grabbing and slapping, forced standing for more than 40 hours while shackled and handcuffed, holding naked prisoners in a 50 degree cell while splashing them with cold water, and waterboarding which simulates drowning.

At one point the former CIA director and former attorney general both testified to lawmakers about the value of the practices.

Human rights organizations, of course, said the U.S. was out of line and said they were violating international laws.

It's been the subject of much debate since coming into practice in 2002 and now President Obama has put a stop to it.

Here’s my question to you: Does forbidding so-called "enhanced" interrogation techniques send an invitation to enemies of the United States?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Sandy from Texarkana, Arkansas writes:
No invitation to our enemies but it sends a character portrayal to the entire world. Torture, otherwise known as "enhanced interrogation techniques", are unacceptable to humanity. My uncle was a POW in Japan and America should always take the high ground.

Larry from Oregon writes:
You have the question backwards. Enhanced interrogation invites terrorist extremists. Trying to say that we torture as a deterrent is just plain stupid. That’s like saying the death penalty is a deterrent to murder. People who commit murder don’t think about possible punishment at the time they commit the crime, they assume they will get away with it or they wouldn’t commit it in the first place.

Jane from Wisconsin writes:
It shows how weak Barack Obama is. I suggest that the guys being held at Gitmo now be parked in Mr. Obama's neighborhood in Chicago or perhaps right next to the White House. Maybe they can be spread around and placed in the neighborhoods of the liberal congressman who want Gitmo closed.

Gigi from Alabama writes:
Hey Jack, call it like it is. The word is torture not enhanced interrogation. The Geneva Convention should always be adhered to. Anyone wanting to do harm to us really is not looking toward getting captured; they go into it thinking they are going to die for Allah and will be martyred.

Affy from California writes:
Jack, the only thing it invites is more diplomacy, more peace, more respect from other nations, and more progress towards becoming a more civilized nation. I don't know why it took us THIS long to do so.

Jeff from Oregon writes:
No Jack. We are inviting friends back to our side.

Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • US Military
soundoff (532 Responses)
  1. Matthew, Cedar Rapids

    Jack, if a militant group or government chooses to torture American prinsoners, nothing we do will change that. The important thing is that we not show weakness and every time we hear about Americans getting tortured, but go out and get the *jerks* that did it.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  2. Michael watching from Canada


    Terrorists are going to undertake their acts of violence regardless of how the US or any country may treat them if they get caught. For those who are so obsessed (crazed) to terrorize via strapping explosives on innocent women and children, they give absolutely no thought as to how they may be interrogated for their crimes.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  3. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Geez, why do I read this mess and take time to respond? I don't know.

    Our enemies are not the alledged "Islamofascists" (which is just made up crap), our enemies are the filthy rich. They are the ones who create policy for this country, not the politiciains. The selected politicians take their orders from rich, mulitinational corporations, the Federal Reserve and filthy rich individuals. We The People are to be lied to and exploited. "The Matrix" is real, people. We're in it and we cannot escape.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  4. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    It may send an invitation but it would not matter because both Obama and McCain ran against it. Jack we can be above such things as "enhanced" interrogation and show the world we are again a trustworthy country.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Greg, Ontario

    It's been well known for some time that torture does not produce accurate intel. Jail for the rest of your natural life or a death sentence (for those found guilty of causing death) has been known to cause people to look for a deal though. Think about it Jack. If I told you to give up your intel and you get jail instead of a firing squad (with bullets dipped in pigs blood) wouldn't you speak up?

    January 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Irv Lilley

    Hi Jack , Banning enhanced interrogation techniques, may be interpreted as weakness by the terrorists. However, if our intelligence gathering sources continue to accurately monitor terrorists activities, and our authories continue to deal with any potential threat effectively, tthe terrorists should have a vey dificult time producing another 9/11.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  7. Sue -Idaho

    Jack doesn't anyone understand by now that when your being tortured you'll say anything to make it stop? Look at our own military men during Vietnam and WWII, some gave statements against their country, which they didn't believe but they wanted it too stop. Time to renew the Geneva Conventions and the rule of law again.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  8. Gerry In Toronto

    The Neo Cons tried "enhanced interrigation and other bully tactics and they didn't work.

    The outreach message sent by Obama of honorable discussion and finding command ground is resonating well in the Moslem world and has the potential of providing a real opportunity of peace.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  9. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Elimination of torture...err "enhanced" interrogation won't embolden anyone for one simple reason; being captured alive isn't a part of anyone's plans.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  10. Meg Ulmes

    I don't know if it's an invitation or not, but it is a clear signal that there's a new sheriff in town and he's going to play by the Geneva Convention. I hope that the rest of the world will begin to respect us again if we take the moral ground once more. It will take a while though, eight years is a long time.

    Troy, Ohio

    January 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  11. lynnej from lattimore, nc

    No, it does not invite terrorists. The only thing it does is bring us back to our humanity, something that has been lost these past eight years.

    We Americans need to get use to the idea that terrorists have been with us forever if you take the look at history. And in some of these instances our country has looked the other way condoning it.

    Yes, there are bad guys in the world and will always be. We just need to get over it and don't let them make us change our way of life, something that the Bush Administration let happen i.e. the Patriotic Act. Senator McCain is right. It is about us, not about them.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  12. Joe in DE

    No – if anything it reduces the risk of US itizens being tottured. Regardless, torture dose not pay and we should regain our moral integrity.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  13. JD, NC

    Jack, the Bush administration justified it by saying "you don't know what we know". Well, Obama knows, and he moved to ban it. There was obviously nothing in those documents that made a compelling case to justify torture.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  14. Cameron Kirchhoff in Odessa Texas

    If Obama wants to prove to our enemies that we are not willing to stoop to their leve of violence, like Bush did, then maybe somee old wounds can begin to heal. He needs to be compassionate as well as assertive. He needs to tell our enemies that America is willing to be your friend, but we can also be your worst enemy as well. Kind of Teddy Rosevelt's "Speek softly but carry a big stick" .

    January 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  15. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Hmmm, no more "enhanced interrogations...you mean like it was before George W Bush, back to normal humane treatment.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  16. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    Invite enmies to do what??? Radical Islamic nuts welcome torture as part of martyrdom. We need to do away with a culture that looks at the radicalism as being a rational response to the rest of the world.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  17. Ed Reed

    Ignoring for the moment that torture is immoral and illegal, FBI Director Mueller testified before congress that torture "provided no actionable intelligence." At the same time, terrorists captured in Iraq told investigators that Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib were the reasons they came to Iraq to fight. So, torture has gained us nothing except to increase the number of our enemies.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    January 22, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  18. pete in ny

    Emboldening is not the question. Failing to get needed information is the real issue!

    Contrary to "moveon.org wisdom" waterboarding was only used on a limited number of occasions and according to the Intelligence chiefs it DID yield info from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed which saved lives.

    Exposure to loud music, bright lights, embarrassment and the like are not torture to any rational mind but they are now on the way to being forbidden as enhanced interrogation. This is the same type of attitude which led the Church Committee to gut our intelligence services in the 1970's ( The CIA wasn't even supposed to deal with nasty people!)and then after 9-11 there was so much hand wringing about why we couldn't "connect the dots".

    The people who like to point out that we convicted previous terrorists thru the criminal process conveniently forget that in most cases it was AFTER they committed their atrocity.

    God forbid there is another attack on the US but if one occurs because we lack information the nation will know where to point the finger of blame- at Barack Obama and the democratic party.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  19. Will

    Don't close GITMO just move it to Alaska. Way too cold to waterboard, but some might consider the Katie Couric interrogations a little harsh. On the bright side they could still see Russia from their cell!

    January 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  20. Rod from Allentown PA

    Yes it does. It is a fact of life and if you don't like it, just ignore that it is happening. Kind of like the people that want to eat meat, but want to have someone else kill it for them.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  21. Ed Reed

    God, I hope so.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    January 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  22. Sandy

    No invitation to our enemies but it sends a character portrayal to the entire world. Torture (otherwise known as "enhanced interogation techniques") are unacceptable to humanity. My uncle was a POW in Japan and America should always take the high ground.

    Texarkana, Arkansas

    January 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  23. Gigi in Alabama

    Hey Jack, call it like it is. The word is torture . . . not enhanced interrogation. The Geneva Convention should always be adhered to. Anyone wanting to do harm to us really is not looking toward getting captured; they go into it thinking they are going to die for Allah and will be martyred.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  24. Jayne

    If the United States uses torture – or "enhanced interrogation techniques" as it has been so warm and fuzzily redubbed – we are no better than those who would terrorize us. We should rise to be a beacon in the world, not descend to the depths of our enemies. It will not "send an invitation" to our foes. On the contrary, it will most likely decrease their ranks. We're better than "enhanced interrogation techniques."

    January 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  25. Don in Fort Gratiot MI

    I don't believe for a second that our enemies think about how we treat them if captured. If they are willing to blow themselves up for their cause, then any policy we have in place doesn't really matter. So stop the torture, and allow us to hold our heads up proudly over how we treat our captures.

    January 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  26. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    I don't honestly think it matters. What we do when we catch them matters not to them. And it doesn't necessarily reap accurate confessions. It lessens us as people when we show that we don't honor the rule of law and fail to practice decency toward others. It does make us look like hippocrits to the rest of the world and it risks poor treatment of our soldiers. Better to do the right thing and find other solutions, like a good preventative intelligence network, strong analysis, solid spycraft, and technical listening (outside US).

    January 22, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  27. Terry "the hillbilly Hooser"

    Won't make a bit of difference. Them devils like pain-there's a name for it.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  28. David in San Diego

    An invitation to do what. Please avoid dumb questions–we are no longer in the Bush era, and a little more thoughtfulness is needed.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  29. Marie Ontario

    When a country is saddled with the idea that it killed or mamed family and friends of thousands of innocent people those who seek retalliation wouldn't give a second thought to whether they would be subject to torture if captured alive.

    Since the tactics or antics of the Bush administration multiplied the number of U.S. enemies it can only be hoped a return to decency and rule of law will reduce these numbers substantially.

    I don't know if a return to decency will reduce enemies but it will certainly reduce the number of people who currently consider the U.S. a rogue nation without principles or integrity.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  30. Will from San Jose

    There were people trying to attack the US when we weren't torturing and there were just as many if not more people trying to attack the US when we were torturing. Nothing we do is going to change the minds of extremists.

    However the worse we act the easier it is for extremists to garner support and sympathy from the moderate Muslim world. That is where the real battle should be focused, and this is a good first step.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  31. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    The invitation we send to our enemies is to see us as we truly are. We are a Nation that fights NOT because we hate the enemy in front of us, but because we love the people behind us.

    “Enhanced interrogation techniques” are nothing more than politically palatable terms used to describe torture. We condemned such tactics used at the Hanoi Hilton, Battan, Gestapo Headquarters, Al Qaeda camps and videos shown on Al Jazeere.

    It’s past time that we show the world we are better than terrorists but if you mess with our loved ones, we won’t be giving you three hots and a cot at GIT-MO but instant introduction to martyrdom.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  32. pHil, georgia

    Although we cannot be outright torchorous as those with no morals or values, there needs to be some hard methods at our disposal that get criminals to talk so we can protect ourselves and others.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  33. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan


    It is time to choose to live our morals and values at all costs or become like those who do not.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  34. John

    Jack: Torture is against the Geneva Conventions, but when Americans are tortured either civilians or soldiers, we, the United States of America must search out those who do torture an put them in prison. A prison in the United States, because they violated the rights of Americans under the Geneva Convention. If individuals die because of torture then it becomes a capital offense. The rule of law must exist for everyone, and those who violate the rule of law are punished.

    John from Alabama

    January 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  35. Kiran Mandava Atlanta,GA

    No. All enemies of US world wide are created by us at some point of time for some reason who turned their guns towards us later on. So give Obama a big hand because he is making an effort to put the crap to an end.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  36. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    It does not send and invitation to anyone, it merely limits the methods which our intelligence personnel can use to extract information from human sources. It makes the intelligence professionals job harder, which means it will lengthen the time required to answer intelligence needs. The administration just cut it's own nose off. (Which, by the way, is not an acceptable interrogation technique.)

    January 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  37. Ron San Diego

    Hi Jack:

    No it does not. I think most terrorist do not value life in general. They are brain washed to hate from an early age. So torture "Enhanced Interrogation" does not accomplish anything aside from recieveing inaccurate information. Not reliable. Many of the terrorist would rather die than give up accurate information.

    I think they need to be put to work at "HARD LABOR" in a US Federal Prison. In addition, recieve education on democracy and the Free World. Moreover, psychological evaluation and treatment. Then they can understand how mis-guided they are, and might give full cooperation. And we would have valuable information. Not lies.

    Ron K. San Diego.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  38. Darren

    The United States works much better as a trend-setter and not buckling to the whims of every paranoid leader that takes office. The United States has during WWII and Vietnam tried and convicted soldiers for waterboarding our troops. We simply cannot say but this is different. It isn't, it's war, it's ugly, it's supposed to be.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  39. Danny

    Evening Jack,

    I feel it does. Enhanced interrogation such as water boarding is fine in my opinion. I am an extreme liberal democrat, but one thing I agree with the conservatives on is enhanced interrogation. I feel Bush and Cheney were completely incompetent at everything but national security. They kept us safe from another terrorist attack for 7 years because of these policies. It is necessary to do whatever means possible to obtain the information needed to keep our nation safe.

    Setauket, NY

    January 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  40. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    I think we should retain some form of torture, but use it only on those who have intentionaly stolen the dreams and lives of millions of Americans, the corporate criminal.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  41. Alex in Seattle

    Torture is wrong, period. Just ask Senator McCain. It is against international law and the Geneva Conventions that we are a signatory to. Historically, we tried and convicted Japanese soldiers for war crimes after WW II for waterboarding and other tortures. We must regain the moral high ground in our war on terrorism and I believe the new president will do so. Our first president, George Washington, decried the torture of our soldiers at the hands of the British during our revolution. He set of good moral example by not allowing our fledgling nation to torture in retribution. He did it because it was the right thing to do. And no, Jack, it does not invite our enemies to attack us. Most radicals will try to attack us anyway but it may give some moderates less cause to do so.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  42. Allen L Wenger

    Get real! These guys are willing to blow themselves up or sacrifice their wives and children. Do you think that our interrogation policy is a factor that they consider?

    Mountain Home, ID

    January 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  43. Katiec Pekin, IL

    No, what it does is show that the United States is returning to the moral nation we once were. Torture should not be tolerated anywhere and for us to do so is just inviting others to do the same.
    It does not show weakness, it shows greatness.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  44. Jack Carlson

    Stop the torture and don't put some water down a person's nose who has murdered 3,000 innocent people TO SAVE 30,000 good Americans.
    Ignorance is bliss.
    Jack C
    Seattle WA

    January 22, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  45. Jessica S. Tooma

    No more Enhanced Interrogations? Sounds like more Renditions to me.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  46. Michael Odegard

    No. The enemies of the USA are going to keep on doing exactly what they are doing. The whole argument that the USA must become more like terrorists in order to deter terrorists is as retarded as our last President.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  47. Mark in OKC

    The message it sends is that America has gone "soft". When terrorists are captured now, they will no longer fear our wrath, they will simply ask for their court appointed attorney.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  48. L.M.,Arizona

    Enhanced interogation did not deter anyone. It did as much good as
    "mission accomplished" and "bring it on". We need to stop watching
    CSI,24,and other unrealistic programing. I hope no one will be watching teenage cheerleading movies like "Bring it On". Yep that's where he got.


    January 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  49. Billy G in Las Vegas

    NO. in fact, it takes away one of al-Qaeda's major recruiting talking points and when we finally get out of both Iraq and Afghanistan they will have nothing left to rally their followers because the United States will finally have regained "the moral high ground" against them.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  50. Roger from Espanola, New Mexico

    I prefer to hope that it will restore confidence in our integrity with our allies atleast invoke respect from our enemies. If we continue to use torture, I shudder to think of how our future soldiers, when and if captured, will be victims of the "eye for and eye..." doctrine!

    January 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  51. Jan Magdanz

    Thank you.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  52. Christine, Edmeston NY

    The only thing a ban on torture does (yes, torture...let's at least call it what it is) is begin to restore the integrity we're supposed to have as Americans. I think Obama's inaugural address made it clear that we are not going to shrink in any way from our enemies. It is only a determination to stand up honorably against the world's evils that will keep us safe. Resorting to torture only demeans and devalues us.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  53. Rex, Sioux Falls

    You mean torture Jack?

    January 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  54. Brian - Trinidad

    "Take no prisoners." That should be our motto when we send our troops into battle.That'll send the right message to our enemies and avoid interogation problems.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  55. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Our enemies don't care what we think or do,their only interest is in our destruction,and we are certainly doing more to bring that about then they our.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  56. Gigi

    We tried the bully approach it didn't work. I read that turning the other check works well. It might win us more friends than enemies. Extending a hand rather than a fist is also been known to work.

    I just watched how India won its independence from Great Britain. Great bit of history

    January 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  57. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, just because we won’t torture you does not mean we won’t bomb the bejesus out of you. No torture means that we fundamentally believe in the rule of law set forth by the framers when they wrote the Bill of Rights. Besides, you cannot claim the moral highroad if you yourself are preaching from the same ditch as the terrorists.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  58. JW in Atlanta

    We'll see. The big question is, if it does make a difference, will we notice?

    January 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  59. Tina (Texas

    You can still interrogate but do it in a civil way and not become how your enemy does is what we have become.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  60. Guled

    I think it diminishes alot of hatred towards the US and makes the US seek more human and more humane.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  61. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It might help in small ways, but he must understand that he will be dealing with a bunch of animals that have no sense of open mindedness, fairness or ethics – a lot like the radical religious right wing nut cases here in the US. They see only their agenda and will make no compromises until they get exactly what they want. Thus they will continue to do things their own way regardless of consequences.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  62. Annie, Atlanta

    No, it makes us civilized again, and removes the dark stain that is George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  63. mac from traverse city Michigan

    Jack I dont think terrorists give much thought to being subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques" to begin with so I dont believe our change in policy is an invitation to them at all. I would prefer to have the terrorists being concerned about "enhanced execution techniques" upon their conviction for participating in terrorists acts. Returning them to their holy land sans parachute might be a good start.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  64. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl

    Our enemies will come with or without an invitation. But by banning these techniques we can prove that we are better human beings than they are. Why would we want to sink to their levels? Last I heard we were a civilized nation and this is proof that we are not animals.

    St. Augustine, Fl

    January 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  65. Jackie in Dallas

    Heavens, no, it won't "encourage" our enemies! We've actually made more of them by failing to follow the Geneva Conventions that we help architect! By reminding the world in general, and our enemies specifically, that we will return to taking the moral high ground on our treatment of POWs and terrorists, we undermine a lot of what fuels their anger and rhetoric.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  66. Jeff Crocket

    Our military and the CIA will not have any authority over the battlefield!
    Specifically captives! Enemies on the battlefield will have access to the U.S. court system!!

    January 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  67. Precious Coker

    My friend, the law is the law – enhanced or whatever name interogation you call it is against the law. Period.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  68. frankie

    I am so grateful to be a citizen of a country that does not torture enemies. I don't believe our policy one way or the other changes the behavior of enemies of this country, that's not why they fight.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  69. odessa

    i don't think so because we are already too many enemies due to last administration..the terriosts who are responsible for the 9/11 should be detained and go to any united states prison systems but honestly what ever the obama administration making appropriate decisions, i will be satisfy with it...

    January 22, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  70. Melissa

    No. Having torture doesn't deter them in the slightest. If they're that crazy that they'll commit suicide bombing, they are crazy enough that they will consider torture an honor.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  71. Frank from Peterborough

    The use of torture is just another recruiting tool for terrorists and not a deterent from them practicing their evil ways.

    The elimination of torture and adhering to the Geneva Convention will enhance the U.S. image around the world and help to climb back towards respectability.

    Religious nuts are just that and regardless of what religion in what country they all have some serious mental issues. These types are on a mission and nothing will change their obsessions other than a lengthy period of therapy.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  72. Vinnie Vino


    Not at all, when the last time anyone around the World stopped a plan of striking the U.S. or it's interest around the World because they feared U.S. interrogation techniques...

    C.I., New York

    January 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  73. Danny Avelar, Sacramento,Ca

    Jack we tried and convicted those from Germany and Japan, as well as our own Americans who tortured in Veit Nam. That means we need to hold to the same standard that we have set in the past. That means no one is above the law to Supreme Court Justice Brandis spoke in the case of Olmstead v. United States when he said: "Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subject to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizens. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the laws scrupulously. Our government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by it's example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of criminal laws the end justifies the means - to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal - would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this Court should resolutely set its face... And so should every law enforcement officer, student, practitioner, supervisor and administrator..."

    January 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  74. Susan from Idaho

    These terrorists are willing to blow themselves up at the drop of a hat. We should never lose sight of fact that being a martyr is a good thing for them and how we interrogate is a mute point As for U.S. citizens we need to have confidence that we are treating all POWs, as we would want ours to be treated. We need to be the first to set a good example.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  75. Dan from Alliance, OH

    No, what sends a message to our those people who wish to cause us harm is to use our weapons as needed to protect ourselves. Even if it means dropping bombs on other soverign nations who protect these groups.


    January 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  76. Scott, Wichita

    NO, because there's a philisophical difference to what we did, and what they do. We are trying to get information, they are trying to make a psychological impact. If one waterboarded prisoner had given up information that lead to the capture/ death of bin Laden, would anyone have complained? No.

    January 22, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  77. HD Taylor - Arizona

    The only people it sends that message to is the GOP right wing extremists in this country whose only way to gain the respect of others is through fear and hate mongering. These are the Ann Coulters, Sean Hannity's and Rush Limbaughs of the world. The problem with people like this is the fact that they live a lie and they cannot find anything filthier then their own personal reflection. As such, they demonize others to make themselves feel good. These are the only people who could draw such skewed conclusions to any decisions to ban torture.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    January 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  78. Mike, Syracuse NY

    They hated us before waterboarding, thty hated us during waterboarding, and they'll still hate us after we stop (which we did 2 years ago by the way). They will stop hating us when we've killed them all, or they've killed all of us.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  79. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Forbidding any kind of interrogation sure isn't an invitation to want to find out if it's true or not.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  80. Jay-San Antonio

    No, it does not. Crazy evil minded people will do what they are going to do anyway. What it does invite is respect from those Countries around the globe that watch America and look to use for leadership, that we will not treat evil-terrorist type of people with the same inhumane treatment with which they treat us and others.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  81. Tony from Torrington

    Torture is wrong. Killing innocent American citizens is wrong.

    If "enhanced" techniques save American lives, my family and I can live with that. So can many American families. The question is, how do we save American lives when there are those who wish us all dead? Who is willing to see their wives, husbands, and children slaughtered? If a terrorist has knowledge of an impending attack, and that attack will kill more than one million Americans, and the only way to save them is to pour water down his nose......who in their right mind would object? Only a liar would say he objects. Only one whose family is not in danger would object.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  82. David in Ohio

    No. Ending torture sactioned by the USA Government will make us MORE safe not less.

    Somebody much wiser than me said "You can kill terrorists but you cannot kill terrorism." Nobody, even Khalid Sheik Mohammed, is irreplaceable for Al Qaeda.

    If the recruitment of terrorists dries up Americans not just at home but everywhere in the world will be safer. By refusing to fall into the trap of using the same torturous techniques the terrorists do the USA is less likely to be painted as the bad guy and terrorist recruitment will begin to dry up.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    I don't believe in torture and if the radicals are going to do anything, they will. we can't live scared every minute, as Bush wanted us to do for the last eight years.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  84. Gloria Steinberg

    If a terrorist group were holding Michelle Obama and his children, threatening to cut their throats or decapitate them, do you think President Obama would have a problem water boarding a terrorist that had vital information which would result in rescuing his family? I sincerely believe he would pour the water himself.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  85. Tim

    It sends a message, not an invitation. The message to terrorists is that we are strong nation that will not be cowed into compromising our principles at their bidding. The message to moderates in the Arab world is that we are not the people nor the government that is being painted for them by those who seek to destroy us. The message to the American people is that we stick to our values – especially when it is difficult to do so. And that is a message to be proud of.
    Tim in Texas

    January 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  86. Arnold from Phoenix, AZ

    No Jack it will not invite our enemies. No matter why we do it. Whether it is to show how tough we are or to try to extract information you would still be trying to rationalize, these irrational individuals.
    I really do not think they are impressed or frightened. We have merely dragged ourselves down to their level.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  87. Patricia

    If it does, then we can still show them that we will not become what they want us to be. A Nation of free.
    Palmdale, Ca.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  88. Jim


    We can interrogate prisoners and defeat our enemies without losing our national soul. We're Americans. Our way is better!

    Reno, Nevada

    January 22, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  89. gary saari

    Yes, forbidding enhanced interrogation techniques sends a message to our enemies and our allies. The message is "we are human just like everybody else, but we are committed to treating all people as we would like to be treated." That's a very good concept if a human being truly is of good moral character and is dedicated to creating Democracy by using common sense instead of a gun. Torturing people just creates more enemies where there was none.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  90. Terry from North Carolina

    At times in order to get the information you need to save lives it becomes necessary to initiate unplesant interrogation methods. Yes it is against our moral fiber however it saves lives.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  91. lynn

    These are "suspects" Jack not convicted terrorists. Many who have already been released were completely innocent of their alleged "crimes". Their detention and treatment has created more terrorists in their homeland and has cost America the confidence and support of allies around the world. If you act like a bully and are preceived as thinking you are above the rules you claim to adhere to, you lose moral authority to be listened to.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  92. Ron San Antonio

    The problem, Jack, is it doesn't work! Most of the time they don't know, terrorist cells are set up that way! Secondly, if they do talk we get bad intell! And usually does more harm than good when we blow up the wrong people. Does it invite more terrorism, not as much as Bad diplomatic decisions or none at all! Hopefully talking will do better now that we have an experienced Sec of State

    January 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  93. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    I guess the Republicans are so upset because it is humane and decent. There comes a time when we must do what is right.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  94. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    The measure of the suspension of current interrogation processes will be marked by the length of time we get hit again. The perpetrators of terror want to and have told the world just that. I could care less what it takes to find out when and where the next target is.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  95. Michael Fermanich,Marinette,Wisconsin

    Jack; We don't have to expose all of our secrets to our enemies to satisfy democracy. If we just flood them with love I think they might not want to be our enemies.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  96. Jeff in Connecticut

    Yes it does Jack. The main debate should be on whom, not if "Enhanced Interrogation" is used. If someone is caught red-handed murdering innocent civilians, I volunteer to pull his fingernails out myself. However, torturing someone who's guilt is in question just to find out if he knows anything is unacceptable and barbaric.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  97. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    Yes. It invites terrorists to observe the teaching's of their prophet to treat all men justly. Sadly, these terrorists do not fight for the love of God, but for the hatred of those who are different then them.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  98. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Does forbidding so-called “enhanced” interrogation techniques send an invitation to enemies of the United States? As a former Veteran, it does---and when I was on active duty--the mission always come first-–regardless---it sends an invitation--come and see if America complies with policy.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  99. Troy


    No. Bans can be lifted.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  100. vern-t anaheim,ca

    no more torture it makes the u.s. look bad to the rest of the world.we are signers of the geneva convention that outlawed torture and we should live upto it.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  101. George Egly

    No, it sends a message to the whole world that we will no longer try to "dictate" to them by using the (end justifies the means) tactics. We will go back to abiding by the Geneva Convention and act like a responsible and caring country once again. Honey catches a lot more flys than vinegar.
    George, Lonoke, AR

    January 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  102. Eric Godfrey

    Heaven forbid we torture people that get joy out of beheading our US citizens as well as killing 3,000 people on 9/11. Wake up people. If we have to torture people to save only 1 American citizen I am all for it. To the morons that are against torture(loud music, sleep deprivation and an occasional dousing of water) and are continually bashing our country, get the HELL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are at war despite what Randy the imbecile in Salt Lake say.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  103. Jan Illinois

    No, Anybody who knows the Guts and the glory, of OUR American soldiers doesn't want to mess with us if push comes to shove. We will obtain our goals and the American soldiers will never be denied by any enemy, of this I am positive.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  104. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    You betcha, and I am unable to see Russia from my back yard.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  105. Pugas-AZ

    I think the captives should be subjected to many of the congressional sessions. I know, you say that would be cruel and inhumane punishment. But they would become so bored that they would tell anything to get them out of that situation. Give them the option: waterboarding or congress.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  106. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    Torture is not a tool to learn about our enemies abroad. It is a tool of propaganda used against our own people by enemies within, like Dick Cheney When he is brought to justice our enemies abroad will get the right message.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  107. George

    Guess we could just say "Just Bring It On" as Mr. Bush did, or torture, as the last administration did, and that makes us look like Americans are no better than it's enemies,or even better we can act like Americans, and live in freedom without fear, with vigilance, and the resolve to do what we have to do to defend our own own country, and it's people, but TORTURE is not the answer. Just so you get the picture, just think of someone nailing another person to a cross.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  108. Dennis North Carolina

    It makes us weak in the eyes of the enemies. The Geneva conventions rules of war do not fit the wars of today or the future so you have to adapt to win which is the only result you want when you fight a war.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  109. malvern

    Hie Jack
    America is going back to its good ideals it once stood on,Thanks to President Obama. Evidence obtained through torture would be inadmisable in any sane court of law unless if it was in Zimbabwe.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  110. Jose Branas

    Invite U.S. enemies, you mean more than it already has? No, I don’t think it will! It will give the U.S. government more legitimacy in foreign affairs, and a sense that the U.S. is taking the moral high road, and the U.S. will act in a compassionate and diplomatic manor. The U.S. should set the moral example, if we preach it, we should follow it. I hope the new president will not suffer any “flying shoe” issues.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  111. Mickie

    Oh please! All of the other nations who signed the agreement against torture (enhanced interrogation – what a cop out) don't seem to have any more problems with terrorists than we do. Why do we think we are exempt? We were upset with the Japanese who tortured our men in WWII and the Vietnamese who tortured our men, but now, because it is the U.S., it is okay to torture? No wonder we have lost respect throughout the world.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  112. Richard Green


    Forbidding torture in no way invites our enemies to do anything they wouldn't already do. If nothing else, it takes one argument away from those who say our actions don't align with our principles.
    Virtually every US intelligence organization and the all heads of the military believe that torture is ineffective. The data it provides is almost always false, and we have received no actionable intelligence data from anyone who has been tortured. It has only served to send us on wild goose chases and damage what moral standing we had in the world.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  113. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    Jack, your old enough, why don't you explain to your watchers, of the wolf man and you, about the trial's after WWII . when the japanese were put on trial for war crimes, for exactly the same thing's that has taking place over the last eight years. maybe you should do a bit of changing two, oh ive been impressed with your new cast at times , but maybe now is the time to educate. our country now has a chance of change, let's all take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. ive been trying to talk sense to the remaining racist in my neighborhood, iam trying to educate, no matter what level of Resistance i encounter, we can ALL do some part of change. SIGNED A WHITE 58 YEAR OLD MALE....

    January 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  114. william fitzwater

    The Genneva convention is a agreement. The agreement is we won't treat our prisoners harshly but will give them minium tratment that is humane. In a war we cannont gareetee the conduct of our enemny. However I would hope we would have the higher moral ground in a confilct. This has been the way it should be. If the united sates in effect says anything goes then whats stooping our current enemies from doing the same or worse. This agrrement not to torure is in effect saying we take the moral higher gorund.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  115. Paul H from Los Angeles, CA

    I think these murderers would want to attack us whether or not we torture. If they're willing to blow themselves up, I think they'd be willing to be tortured.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  116. Lynne in North Augusta, South Carolina

    Banning torture doesn't invite enemies. It isn't about who our "enemies" are anyway. It's about who we are. I'd like to think Americans are a humane people.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  117. Ed

    The Roman lined their streets with crucifixes, there enemies nail thereupon. Rome fell from within. Economic problems..bought too many crucifixes.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  118. Susan Geear Medford Or

    Yes, It invited them to treat us as we are treating them.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  119. Richard in Orrtanna, PA

    HI Jack;

    Jack , the answer in each of us. If you were fighting, and thought that if you were captured you would be tortured and possibly killed, wouldn't you fight harder? Wouldn't you fight harder just because you hated your enemy more? If you thought that you could be tortured to death wouldn't you tell your enemy anything they WANTED to hear?
    Torture DOES NOT work!

    January 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  120. Lynn

    Do you really think suicide bombers care if we plan to torchure them or not?

    January 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  121. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    Any time I read the word enhanced...in anything... you know it does not create the end result it was intended to!

    January 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm |

    It will invite our enemies which are at this time muslims. What our socialist Muslim president Barack Hussein Obama doesn't understand is that 85% of his muslim brothers are not civilized. Otherwise the SO-CALLED moderate muslim countries would be removing terrorists cells operating in their country with impunity. It won't be long before we will have usl. At least George W. Bush kept the nation safe. Ot won't happen with Obama. I guess that was the kind of change Obama was talking about on the campaign trail. Just wait until he gives amnesty to the Illegal aliens living in this country and opend the borders to Mexico. Not that is change.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  123. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    Any time I read the word enhanced…in anything… you know it does not create the end result it was intended for to begin with!

    January 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  124. malvern

    Hie Jack
    From the torture that has been done did we receive any information that would have prevented further attacks? If we had received information maybe the London bombing would not have taken place.Torture does not help anything at all.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  125. Nancy, Tennessee

    Terrorists don't think ahead far enough of their hatred for Americans to consider how they will be treated if captured. They are reacting to their emotions not with any logic that would deter any of their radical actions. That is what makes them so dangerous. If we could reason with the terrorists, we could convince them that we are not their enemy. Enhanced interrogations may have provided us with more intelligence, but it hasn't deterred any actions simply because they existed.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  126. karen-phoenix

    Ask John McCain!!!

    January 22, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  127. Carolyn in Oregon

    To Pete in NY:

    The people who like to point out that we convicted previous terrorists thru the criminal process conveniently forget that in most cases it was AFTER they committed their atrocity.

    Oh, now we're supposed to torture them BEFORE they do anything. I don't quite understand what you mean to say there?

    January 22, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  128. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, no. Those who would do harm to the U.S. or any other country are already committed to their cause by an irrational logic. In the extreme, anyone willing to blow themselves up in order to harm others no longer cares what torture you hold for them. To dissuade such people, perhaps a more mutually beneficial approach to diplomacy to all would go a long way to curb a great deal of the causes that provoke the need for violent behavior.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  129. Patty.D. Bristol, Pa.

    Dear Jack, The point is moot. America is to be looked upon with pride. By allowing ourselves to be put in the same category of rogue nations is not to be tolerated. That is why Gitmo is such a disaster. The Bush Administration circumvented the law and has now created a fiasco. By holding people without evidence or representation is illegal, immoral, and unamerican. This is just another example of Bush's horrible legacy.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  130. Terry in Hanover County

    No. Our enemies don't trust us, so they'll think this is just another ploy.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  131. Ralph Nelson

    I do not think so. Wanting to get their 15 minutes seems to be all the terrorist need. That and being on TV. If they really want to properly interrogate these guys they should force them to apply for benefits with the VA. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  132. ED in RI

    Absolutely not! The message that Obama is sending will reduce the terrorist activities directed at this country. Bush didn't understand the consequences of his actions - Obama - does!

    January 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  133. Thom Richer

    "Enhanced" Interrogation? I hope to hell that is the Bush administration's term for it. By any other (spin) name, "Torture" is still torture. Wasn't there something in the Geneva Convention reagrding that? Check it out. I just really hope it (the term) never crosses Obama's lips. We need openess, honesty, truth, and integrity now...not next time or the time after. It's Obama or never.

    Negaunee, MI

    January 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  134. MJ

    I don't think anybody in their right mind likes war or wants to torture another human being. War is ugly. But... I guess we can always ask the terrorist to " Please" give us information and if that doesn't work we can always ask "Pretty Please" . Think that will put fear in those terrorist?

    January 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  135. Larry from Oregon

    You have the question backwards. Enhanced interrogation invites terrorist extremists. Trying to say that we torture as a deterrent is just plain stupid. That’s like saying the death penalty is a deterrent to murder. People who commit murder don’t think about possible punishment at the time they commit the crime, they assume they will get away with it or they wouldn’t commit it in the first place (the death penalty is a punishment not a deterrent). Enemy people hate us and that is all they need, they don’t think about what may happen if they get caught. Plus we have to put the shoe on the other foot, if we say it’s ok for us to torture then we must say it would be ok if they capture a US colonel on a battlefield they can feel free to torture (including waterboarding) to get information that they need.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  136. Bruce, Georgia

    If Enhanced Interrogation Techniques worked how come Al Queda and the Taliban are doing so well now?
    I hope Obama makes all the Enhanced Interrogation Records public and I mean all of it. The information from it was useless and we need to make it absolutely evident.
    Enhanced Interrogation Techniques used by the Bush Adminstartion hindered the war on terror.
    Bush had Osama Bin Laden cornered and did not send in the Rangers when they were ready and willing and begging to get the job done.
    Ever wish you had personal tapes of all Bush's private talks with his confidents to really know what Bush's priorities were?
    Maybe it was that map of Iraqi oil Fields being divided up among American Oil Companies that was made before 9-11-2001.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  137. BRUCE, CA.

    Hi Jack,

    Yes – it says 'we are changing – for the better'.
    UNFORTUNATELY, and sadly – I fear there will always be those who will simply take advantage...

    Best regards,


    January 22, 2009 at 4:04 pm |

    In regard to those who believe and say that the USA does not torture anyone, then let those believers undergo the SAME procedures in question and then tell us it is not torture and that they did not suffer.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  139. Jeff, Massachusetts

    Invite them to do what? They are going to continue to wage war against America and it's allies regardless of how we treat them as prisoners. What this executive order accomplishes is to show the world that as a democratic republic, we value our Constitution and the ideals it stands for, and that we will uphold our Constitution as an example to the whole world and other democracies abroad. It also minimizes the risk to our own troops should they fall into the hands of our enemies. Barak Obama recognizes the value of HUMAN rights, regardless of whether they are a "sovereign nation" bound by the provisions of the Geneva Convention or not.
    Ashburnham, Massachusetts

    January 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  140. Daniel, Indiana

    No, it won't. This is the view of the extreme right-wingers to allow it. How soon, with that in mind, will it be when the local police station will be using the same techniques to get a confession? Maybe, that's not a bad idea for Madoff and other white collar criminals that hide their booty.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  141. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    Someone once said, "War is hell." As a combat veteran, that is an understatement. I don't think following the rules of international warfare and humane treatment invites our enemies to war. But, the inhumane treatment of prisoners of war will invite our enemies to not surrender and fight to the death. If any of the abused prisoners of war are ever released or escape, there is a greater chance they will seek revenge.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  142. Robert Thomson

    I doubt that any uncivilized exrtremist radical enemies are "high fiving" Obama's order to stop harsh interrogation techniques. Why would a suicide bomber care if he might be tortured after the event. This will not give terrorists a green light to intensify their attacks but it will send a significant positive message about our values to our allies in the civilized world. Torture will never generate quality intelligence because a person being tortured will tell you anything to get it to stop. John McCain understands that. Barack Obama understands that. George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield, and the neocons will never get it. As a nation we are better than that. Hooray for Obama and now maybe God might consider a blessing or two for America.

    Bob Thomson – Southfield, Michigan

    January 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  143. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    This shows the world that we are willing to obide by international law and not anymore think that we are above it. The Bush administration thought that we led the world and were not just a part of a growing internationalism.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  144. Homo_erectus

    Who cares?

    If we subvert our values to the point that we undermine our ability to have good relations with the rest of the world we've harmed ourselves more than any terrorist group ever could.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  145. francis

    big deal guantanamo torture , this happen ir everiday on our prisions and who said anything abouth it

    January 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  146. Paula in Albuquerque

    I believe that this change means that you must never "telegraph your punch"! Banning torture could give hostile nations the impressions that America is a "pushover", is not serious about defending its interests, and is not adhering to its own values, and code of conduct. If this superficial and erroneous assumption is adopted, and the nation is "tested", those mistaken nations might invite a whole lot more than they bargained for! There are effective means of dealing with enemy-combatants, which no one would welcome; and their employment could be used against hostiles in detention, and still meet the lawful criteria of the Geneva Conventions, and universally accepted humane treatments...

    January 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  147. Rolman, SC

    Intelligence gathering and it's associated technologies, combined with real field agents on the ground is our best weapon. Those are methods for the fascist, neo-nazis Our Constitutional and moral values have historically decride such tactics. We prosecuted the Japanese for doing it to our soldiers. It's ironic that those who hide behind the religious Fundamentalist and Evangelicals advocate this.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  148. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    "Enhanced" interrogation, my a s s. It's torture, and if we do it, we are as bad as any terrorist. No one who has plans to harm the US is going to be deterred by the threat of torture anyway, nor will they be "encouraged" by its absence.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  149. Barbara in Las Vegas, NV

    Two wrongs don't make a right, Jack...but the jury's still out on whether three do.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  150. Howard from Novato CA

    The president does not put a shovel in the ground when he orders a construction project (at least after the cameras are done clicking after the initial ceremonial one is done). President Obama is showing leadership, courage and consistency in moving forward with his agenda and vision for a change in Washington. It is up to the rest of us to nudge, prod and push our elected legislators to follow through with the vision. After centuries of a flawed culture in our nation's capitol, change will take time and I give our president kudos for even trying to change that fatally flawed culture that has led to fraud, waste and abuses of power. If we want to regain the respect of the rest of the world we need to show them that our democracy works. Hail to the New Chief!!!!

    January 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  151. John in Arizona

    He should now ban the government's use of euphemisms – like saying "enhanced interrogation techniques" when everyone knows you really mean torture! It's part of the new transparency – a euphemism for honesty.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  152. Barbara in Las Vegas, NV

    If our enemies choose to torture our people when we capture them, I doubt that whether Guantamo is open or not is going to dissuade them. Facts are that torture is wrong, and our President has issued an executive order to stop it on the US watch. I doubt that our enemies operate on the "do unto others" -ism when it comes to doing right.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  153. Nell, Clemson, South Carolina

    Experts say that you can't believe the information you get from "enhanced" interrogation. Not only that, once you've done the "enhanced" interrogation, you can't use any of that information in court. So, abandon it!

    What works? In World War II, they played ping pong with the prisoners and were nice to them and the talked and talked and talked and it was all good intelligence.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  154. Mack B. JC NJ.


    enemies will come no matter what we do. that should not be a concern for doing what is right. Beside that, Bush is out and Obama is in. Things will be done differently

    January 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  155. Jeff - Oregon

    No Jack. We are inviting friends back to our side.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  156. Tanilan

    Their was nothing "advanced" about they way some of these detainees were handled. We are supposed to be a civilized nation. In treating these "terrorist" this way, we are not better than they are.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  157. Tim from Hot Springs, AR

    Of course not. That would imply that the use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques was a deterrent to begin with. The threat of prison doesn't keep drug addicts from getting high, and the threat of enhanced techniques doesn't keep those who want to harm us from doing so. You can't exercise rational thinking in considering the acts of the irrational.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  158. Terry

    This is a problem for Obama and the country…and I advise everyone to use the white house home page to contact President Obama regarding this huge mistake. These are enemy combatants and were fine just where they were. These are not American citizens….and we didn’t put on trial POW’s in WWII.

    How can this novice President….formerly a Junior 2yr senator…because he campaigned the last half…can have all the information necessary to come to this conclusion on his 2nd day. How can he continue to say he is interested in the safety of the country …not to mention the expense. These are enemy combatants not American citizens ...Islamic Arab murderers who do not treat their hostages fair....they are all dead and put on video as they die.... they put bombs on children to kill woman and children at markets, mosques, cross borders to bomb hotels, restaurants and the 3,000 people we lost.

    He's talking out of both sides of his mouth and thinks the rest of the world will like him better because of his platitudes.

    Just to conclude....California would be my first choice to house them …second choice Illinois….then next Murtha should build the prison outside his district in PA and then two the politicians in Vermont who wanted to give these combatants Lazy Boy chairs. It definitely needs to be in a state who voted democratic.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  159. Mike S., New Orleans

    No, there will always be mad men who wreak havoc regardless of the consequences.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  160. just me!

    Obama is trying to undo the damage done over the past 8 years and show the world that we are going to abide by the Geneva convention. To confirm this Bush and his cronies must also be held accountable for their lies, deception and misdeeds. Only then might the world realize we have taken a new direction, return respect that hopefully will spread.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  161. Portia, Los Angeles CA

    No, it only sends the message that United States is a country of humane citizens and treatment. Jack, this type of question and thinking is totally indicative of the last administration's fear-mongering that got us into this mess!

    January 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  162. Don H.

    NO! The the U.S. is a signatory to the Geneva Convention. The Bush Administrations abomination of our Geneva responsibilities is a travesty,
    and has abrogated any "high ground" the U.S. may have claimed. Obama's executive orders are in the right direction, but it will take generations for the rest of the world to view the U.S. as anything but a bully and thug, thank you George Bush.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  163. Susan in Michigan

    It is never a good thing to sink to the level of your enemies even if it is tempting. What goes around usually comes around, many times in another form.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  164. Ken in Seattle

    No. The Israelis have probably the most iron fisted approach to national security in the world, and even they have said that torture doesn't work. They, along with interrogation experts here, have said that prisoners will say almost anything to stop the torture and that any information obtained during the process is questionable. Plus, most of the folks in Gitmo are probably ticked as hell they didn't die in battle first place. Torture feeds into the view of America that the terrorists are trying to foster in the Muslim world. Abandoning torture takes a bite out of their propaganda.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  165. Brian

    Perhaps our soldiers and intelligence folks should also be required to carry only one bullet for their gun and carry it in their front pocket...Does this send an invitation? No, not really. They just laugh at our ridiculous restrictions on their opponent and finish building their car bomb before the shopping market closes.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  166. Candy

    No, It doesn't ehanced anything. Its just like trying to squeeze juice from a turnip.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  167. Chris from NY

    It doesn't make any difference either way. Torture or not does not deter our enemies from doing what they want to us but to give up who we are while trying to subvert the inevitable is unwise at best. President Obama only needs to maintain our values while doing all he can to avoid another attack on U.S soil.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  168. Eric Godfrey

    To Bruce in Georgia,
    We are all dumber by reading your stupidity. Let me guess 9/11 was an inside job and every problem that exists in this world is because of George Bush. Your rant is becoming lame and tiresome.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  169. Salvatore C. Percia, Orlando, FL

    Yes! We invite them to the debate. When I sit down with my children to discuss how people should live thier lives, I want to be able to say we, here in America, adhere to a high moral standard. This is one example of that. I would challenge any other parent, in any other walk of life, in any other country or terrorist organization, to explain to their children how allowing torture is a better way for people to live and why their value system is better than ours.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  170. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    No, it sends a notice to the rest of the world that we are a civilized nation of laws, and we will keep the agreements we have made. War crimes are war crimes, whether they are done in this country or some rogue nation! I am ashamed that our counrty violated the Geneva Convention! We are no better than criminals if we allow it to continue!

    January 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  171. Karl from SF, CA

    No, Torture is against the Geneva Conventions, regardless of what Bush and Cheney say and torture doesn’t produce accurate information. Experts, and those two aren’t experts on anything, say it doesn’t work. Our enemies are going to do what they are going to do regardless. We lowered ourselves to that level for eight years and now we need to redeem ourselves by punishing those responsible before the civilized world decides to do it for us, and they will.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  172. Tomasz residing in NY


    Verses from the Qur'an and Sayings of Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him) regarding how to treat Captives/Detainees:

    " 5 Surely the righteous shall drink of a cup the admixture of which is camphor
    6 A fountain from which the servants of Allah shall drink; they make it to flow a (goodly) flowing forth.
    7 They fulfill vows and fear a day the evil of which shall be spreading far and wide.
    8 And they give food out of love for Him to the poor and the orphan and the captive: " Suratul-Insaan

    "Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet said, "Free the Captives, feed the hungry and pay a visit to the sick." (Book #52, Hadith #282)" Al-Bukhari

    January 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  173. Hope M. Madisonville, KY

    These so called "enhanced techniques" only create more enemies and more terrorists for us to deal with. It makes them angry and more resentful. Right now, there are only about 15 actual terrorists at Gitmo.
    The rest are people who were arrested after someone was paid a
    reward to turn them in as terrorists. Do you think the innocent there are so innocent anymore? Or are they probably totally P.O'd at the
    American government and ready to join Al Qaeda now? If they are, it is the fault of the people who tortured them. Nothing good comes of using evil to achieve a goal.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  174. Ed Snelling, MAJ,USAR,Jeffersonville,IN

    Yes it does send an invitation. It also endangers US Military operating in hostile environments. I am here today because of field expedient "enhanced" interrogation techniques. I proudly served two tours with the US Army Special Forces in Viet-Nam. We compromised an assination squad within our indigenous ranks prior to a NVA attack in 1969. We could do our job because the threat was compromised and they were detained when the attack occured.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  175. Jay in Texas

    No, treating prisoners of war or "enemy combatants", as they insist on calling them, humanely in no way invites terrorists. What it does do is encourage our enemies to reconsider and hopefully refrain from killing or using barbarous tactics on our own soldiers when they are in captivity. Treating prisoners humanely is also required by our own laws and by the Geneva Convention so it is a healthy signal that our new president is sending to the entire world in banning torture.
    Brownwood, Texas

    January 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  176. Karen - Missouri

    No matter what we do or don't do...enemies will be enemies...they have their own agenda. What is disgusting is that the Muslim world does not put a stop to al Quaeda themselves! They allow all this to go on and on and on. But we do show the world that we do have morals and fairness.

    Bush only made bad situations worse!

    January 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  177. Nell, Clemson, South Carolina

    Does anybody remember "innocent until proven guilty?" We are torturing people who may be innocent - and we will never know whether they are guilty or not because they confessed to whatever we wanted them to confess to in order to stop the torture.

    Give me a break! Americans don't torture because it is unAmerican. It also doesn't result in reliable information.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  178. Ray Kinserlow

    No, "Enhanced Interrogation," what a repulsive construction, will do nothing to discourage our enemies nor is it an effective tool of intelligence gathering. It should be a criminal act.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    January 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  179. Willie Smith From Florida

    Jack, My Man I'd say America in my book, should treat interrogation like seasoning a meal. To make it taste great,you need the best seasoning available. Intelligence is critical yes. But some people can only allow so mush salt to there diet. So in saying that. The Bush Administration Loved there food seasoned well. But as of the result It America did get high blood pressure. Now where is my Aspirin I have a headache See ya tomorrow Jack!

    January 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  180. Rob , NYC

    we need to follow a moral high ground . I think this is a good start

    January 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  181. Jeff (Escondido, CA)

    This seems like a non-sensical question to me. How is following international laws (not to mention our own) an invitation to people how wish to harm us by also harming themselves? Do you honestly think that these people are thinking to themselves, "Hey, I can go blow myself up without having to worry about being waterboarded or slapped."? They will try to attack us no matter what the consequences are if they are caught beforehand. What these executive orders do is uphold OUR values and keep our collective conscience clean. We have many more ways to chase and prosecute these individuals without having to resort to their twisted way of thinking.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  182. Roland

    When we mistreat those who hate us, it only makes them hate us more. Perhaps if we treated our so-called "enemies" with kindness, forgiveness and unconditional love, they would no longer want to be our enemies.

    St George, UT

    January 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |

    I want to qualify my statement to say that those who say the USA did not torture people (past now that Obama is President), let those believers undergo the same procedures and then tell us they believe they were not tortured.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  184. Geraldine, Wasilla AK

    As far as I can tell, there is little we can do that will alleviate or change the opinions of our enemies. But, we CAN remove at least one of their recruiting talking points. This is going to help clean up the USA's public image internationally with friends and neutrals, and clean up our own sense of honor. Humans have developed many cruel and brutal techniques for dealing with enemies that go back to the dawn of time. There can be no moral high ground comparing ourselves to Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, or Al Queda if we are behaving in a similar manner.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  185. Robert Skarjune from Kalamazoo

    Let's be real ... enemies of the US are not going to expand their goals and strategies as a result of this new ethical US policies ... there will be no immediate effect. In contrast, the many unethical US policies that have created the hatred of the US are just beginning to disappear and will enhance our security by promoting trust over the longer term. As our President recently suggested, carrots, not sticks will protect us by creating new friends instead of provoking old enemies.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  186. Ed Woodbridge,Va.

    Although I do not condone any person being subjected to any type of torture, at the same time I wonder if any information gathered from some of these detainees at GITMO was instrumental in saving the lives of some of our troops in harms way, in Iraq and Afghanistan! Hopefully it did!

    January 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  187. Debra Rich, Washington,DC

    No it sends an invitation to allies we have lost or were on the verge of losing as a result of those practices and the Bush Doctrine.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  188. Peggy from Washington State

    Gee Jack,
    They hit on 9/11 before we had ever heard of "enhanced iterrogation"
    All Bush and Cheyney and Rumdum accomplished by this was to make America fall from any state of grace it may have previously had on the world stage.
    It also made many of us ashamed of what was going on and fearful for what might happen to our family members who wear the uniform.
    It is like a parent saying do what I say and not what I do. It never works.
    America only works when we are able to stand tall and proud. That surely has not been the case for the past several years. It is also why so many around the world were watching us on Tuesday. They are wondering if we are really going to make a come back!!

    January 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  189. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    We're in this terrorist mess a lot because we have turned a 'blind eye' to those techniques if they are performed by some 'other political authority'.

    Most, if not all, of our most brutal torture was done in other countries. Prisoners wer shipped off in secret flights – in unmarked jets. George W. Bush had a scapegoat – 'we' didn't do it – 'they' did it.

    More needs to be done to end rendition of our prisoners, too. Until an executive order extends to the CIA and all 'heirs and assigns', torture will not end.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  190. Robert in Galveston

    Enhanced Interrogation? Why don't you call it what it is, Torture. Nothing is really gained from this, and if a person is tortured they will most likely tell their "interogators" what they want to believe, true or not. We used to be a better country than to allow this, what has happened to us? All you good Christians ask yourselves WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

    PS: I am a Christian, so save the hate mail.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  191. John from collinsville, Illinois

    No I beleive it will help in relations with other nations. If it does'nt work he can allways change his mind.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  192. Romell

    Depends on, what is torture? We first must agree on the definition of what is is. I think that if a prisoner is going to talk he will talk no matter how little you torture him.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  193. david doherty

    Yeah, the message it sends is, that we will respect human rights at any cost!

    Dave from NH.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  194. Angelo

    This is definitely a step in the right direction and only those viewers holding an opaque view of the world would disagree. You won't make friends when you sit on a pedestal but you need to be and act as one of the "Nations of the World" in order to shake someone's hand and say hello !!

    January 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  195. Andrew,

    No, the thing that invites attack is intolerance, and the complete conviction that one person or group is automatically superior to another due to national, economic, or ethnic membership.
    President Obama has told us all that we must be the change we want to see in the world. Instead of a culture of fear, Obama is sending the message that justice will prevail for all in the full knowledge that this means justice for enemies and friends alike. If we do not do this we revert back to the bullying tactics of Bush.
    The executive orders send a clear message that we are all tired of the mood of the last 8 years which had many people saying of the states sic semper tyrannis.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  196. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    The only way to prove these techniques are effective is to have all the former Bush Administration officials lined up in the halls of Congress to be treated in that fashion. Eventually, someone will 'give' and we'll know the truth instead of the lies we've been fed for the past eight years.

    Lowell, MA

    January 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  197. Angela Tacoma Washington

    No, I do not believe that it does. However, those whom have already decided to try and bring harm to us will try and do so at any cost. We on the other hand do not have to bring our selves down to their level, by conducting ourselves in a manner that is not a Positive to others around the world whom are watching us.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  198. Patrick

    No it does not, Stoping Torture is a very good thing. Also Jack if anything Terrorist will stop attacking America. Terroists like being treated like humans and this will help with the War in the Middle East.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  199. Katherine Palmira

    You have only to read Alfred McCoy's "A Question of Torture" to answer this question.

    Austin, Texas

    January 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  200. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    No. Banning these techniques will make us less hated around the world. Recruitment of terrorists will be down, anger will decrease, and we'll be safer.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  201. Deana

    Hello, I am 13 years old and live near Washington D.C.
    Of course, Obama can change the way Washington does business! He is the President! But he can't go too far and make extreme changes. I think Barrack can and has to make a few changes here and there. Otherwise, things might turn out a little like the Bush years of stupidity.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  202. Natalie - Dayton ohio

    Not anymore than have always been there. One advantage Obama seems to have over every other president we've ever had is that he is more in tune with todays technology that makes our world much smaller bringing our concerns about terrorism closer. Something else Obama seems to understand is that while America may continue to see itself as the "big brother" of the world, most of the world sees America as just another brother...and thats a good thing.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  203. john eberhardy

    Did Bush administration first try non-torture techniques before resorting to these methods? Why hasent anyone pointed out the problems we face regarding these dangerous individuals now, is because the information they gave interigators is not admissable because of the methods used. Seems to me this is a indictment of Bush policy not Mr. Obama unenviable task of cleaning up Bush's illegal behavior. To its critics how would you feel if someone you cared about was innocent and subjected to these techniques

    January 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  204. georgiaf

    No, being a USAF veteran and serving in Desert Storm I can assure anyone that using torture/enhanced interrogation only invites more hatred and resentment from our enemies. Only an arm chair soldier would want water boarding, etc to be used. Those in a combat zone don't want the enemy to feel they have the "right" to torture...Of course there are the punks who always will succumb to their beastly natures. A lesson I learned in the military and throughout life is: the strong rarely submit to acts of vengence, the weak bully. It is far more difficult to ignore a bully than it is to pummel one. We are Americans, we are better than the third world unevolved hateful fundamentalists who perpetuate hate and fear through terrorism. We also will develop the technology to no longer need oil that breeds our involvement in the Middle East theate. The hateful will then torture one another until they anhialate themselves.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  205. Joe From Wisconsin

    They will be forced to love us. We showed them. They now can sleep and rest peacefully in prison. Awaiting the nightly news to watch their friends behead Americans on video, throw acid on kids and build suicide bombs. Bad Americans??? No more. Warm comfortable beds awaiting all captured terrorist.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  206. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    George W. Bush threw away our Constitution. How can Barack Obama give any executive order when all three branches of our government were abolished?

    Lowell, MA

    January 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  207. Charles from Roswell, Georgia

    Jack, fighting terriosts just like fighting cancer. You need to do two things – eliminate existing cancer cells and prevent body to grow cancer cells back. After these years, Bush failed to do both – bin Laden is still around, Iraq becomes a training and recruiting camp for al Qaeda. Enhanced interrogation has no effect on fighting terrorists.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  208. Sherry, N. Calif.

    Yes, he can and yes, he is! I believe that this is the first step towards human rights globally. Lead by example. I would love to see him sign the Kyoto agreement next. Let's Rock with Barack ! Yes, he will bring change that is despartely needed not only for our country (leave the me's out of this) but to the world in hopes for peace and equality for all.
    For those of you that support torture maybe you should join the terroists and get out of this country. Our values do not support torture or terror and I hear the terrorists love what they do.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  209. JR in Norfolk VA

    This is a red herring of a question. "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" is not the same as "torture", since "torture" is a purely subjective term (my standard includes 3 hours of Wolf Blitzer, for instance). Second, the act of inviting enemies by banning it implies that using it deters them, which it does not. The enemy is at war with us; we must realize this. We should define which techniques reach the standards of torture (good luck) and use enhanced interrogation as needed to get the information we need to save lives.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  210. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    George W. Bush said "bring them on" and they're still coming. It will take a very long time for Barack Obama to get his rescind of that executive order to take effect.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  211. Tom from Philly

    Do americans remember how they felt during viet nam ? it is amusing if they dont because a vietpow just tried to become president. How about our feeling toward Iran during the hostage situation? What did we feel about those countries when they held our political prisonser. We need to get it into our big fat corn fed heads that other countries feel the same way about us when we hold and torture political prisoners. Justifications like god is on our side, or we are the mighty america, while alleviating our consciences, makes us more the blundering bully to the rest of the world. Small short term gains may be made from tourtue, but we have sewn the seeds of long term antiamericanism by not taking the high road. So the answer is opposite the question torture invites enemies to hate us. STOPPING IT IMPROVES OUR IMAGE

    January 22, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  212. Bill, Dollar, New York City.

    You imply US has enemies; I do not agree. Arabs have demonstrated tirelessly their liking of the American People.
    There is not any Bush's "War on Terror"; there is a "Religious War".
    Arabs are not fighting us; they're defending their Palestine brothers' slaughtering, land and even survival.
    Then, declaring the use of intelligent interrogation instead of brutality, will not invite The non-existent Enemy. While we will obtain more and more reliable Intelligence from the never-ending fanatics of this world.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  213. Patrick Jean Baptiste

    Sure he can. He already has. He's had an agenda moving forward, directives that need to be met and things to do. He's moving with all deliberate haste on his objectives. I can't remember a last time a president moved with such speed. There are many things to do and he's doing them a day at a time.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  214. Jane - WI

    It shows how weak Barack Obama is . I suggest that the guys being held at Gitmo now be parked in Mr. Obama's neighborhood in Chicago or perhaps right next to the White House.
    Maybe they can be spread around and placed in the neighborhoods of the liberal congressman who want Gitmo closed.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  215. Gip, FL


    Has always been the policy, but secretly: we do what we need to do.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  216. Andrew,

    Charles from Roswell,
    I like the cancer metaphor. I believe that Bush was far to busy fighting the war on terror to fight the terrorists themselves. Terror is a word an idea or concept. Fighting terror is not fighting tooth decay. We should be fighting a war on terrorists.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  217. Dee in Florida

    Enemies of the United States are willing to strap explosives on their own bodies and blow themselves to smithereens to kill a few Americans.

    How can anyone think that such a person would be intimidated by a little torture?

    Did mankind learn nothing from the Inquisition? When torture is used, the preson being tortures will sometimes (most times) admith to ANYTHING to end the torture. And very often the information is only what the interrogator WANTS to hear, not what is TRUE.

    I'm betting we get much better intelligence from spies in place and from buying the information from someone willing to sell, than we EVER get from torture.

    And, it is a really good idea to remember the Golden Rule, especially when OUT people are in harm's way. Do we wish OUR people to be tortured?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  218. Ronald Holst

    Jack our enemies did not need us to reject torture to attack us in the first place . So why in the world would treating any one humanely give them any reason to hate us more ,it is hard to hate some one that treats you with dignity and with respect .it is easy to hate people who treat you less than human .

    January 22, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  219. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    It sends one message to our enemies, that we will no longer stoop to their level.
    Enhanced torture, whoops, I mean interrogation doesn't work anyway. Expert after expert say that.
    Obama wants to make this country the civilized ,moral society we once were. I wish him well.
    A few days after 911 I told my mother that if we became like our enemy we would lose the fight. Bush almost took us to that place.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  220. Affy California

    Jack, the only thing it invities, is more diplomacy, more peace, more respect from other nations, and more progress towards becoming a more civilized nation. I don't know why it took us THIS long to do so.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  221. Donald, Canton,NC

    The United States is a signatory to the Geneva Convention and Law of Land Warfare.
    George Bush nor anyone else has the authority to circumvent those treaties. The Republican excuse that he had legal opinions supporting his use of torture or extreme interrogation techniques is bogus. Hell, his Office of Legal Council provided him with numerous 'legal opionions' that supported him in anything he wanted to to, despite the U.S. Constituition and federal laws.
    Bush and the Republicans have had over 6 years to do something with detainees at Gitmo. Keeping them incarcerated with no charges, no hearings, no legal representation, no habeas courpus, etc. is againest everything our Consititution of Bill of Rights guarantees us and guides the treatment of these people.
    MOre than enough time has come and gone with no responsible outcome on these detainees. Everyone needs to get over it and get this embarassment solved.
    Republican hand-wringing is going to solve anything.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  222. Gip, FL


    Bush told Larry King that not knowing what to do with these prisioners, was the reason he couldnt close Gitmo. National Security was at stake. What does that mean?

    So prisioners have national security information that would prevent us from what?

    People should be asking who is there and where they are from?

    Many people held there was totally wrong, and no one seems to being talking about them, other prisions across the World we have too, no one is talking about them. Gitmo is minor compared to other places.

    Old ways , we get what info we thought we needed and then get rid of them, Very Simple!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  223. Zack, Duluth, GA


    January 22, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  224. Jabriel Ballentine

    Yes, it sends an invitation...an invitation for enemies to let down their guard and engage in problem solving.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  225. KW

    Pres. Obama wants everyone to like us more.....that way terrorism will cease world wide ( yeah....right)

    January 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  226. Sage from Annapolis, Maryland

    No it does not. We should handle the detainees in much the same way that Nazi war criminals were handled. It is an embarrassment for the United States to see detainees treated in this way. It endangers our very own armed forces, and gives other governments permission to treat our troops in the same way should they be captured during war.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  227. Doug

    I think it sends a real clear message that the united states will follow international law again.I also think it will make us safer now that torture can not be used as a recruitment tool for al quaida!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  228. Christopher, in FL

    Torture is not a deterrence to an enemy who is already willing to martyr themselves.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  229. William Weston

    It is difficult to promote democratic values and rule of law when we don't abide by those principles. If they are important enough for our country and for us to encourage on others; then we ought to live by them ourselves – otherwise they mean nothing and we are just like any other country – not a special place where freedom and respect for law and values abound. This is pretty serious.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  230. Dicky Neely

    Hi Jack,
    Living up to America' self professed values sends the stronger message to the entire world.
    It does nothing to offer encouragement to terrorists.
    Too many think that "24" is real! It's not!
    Dicky Neely
    Corpus Christi, Tx.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  231. John

    No. The Bush administration created this myth to help justify their ill advised methods that did more to ruin the reputation of the US than they ever did to increase our security.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  232. John

    To those that say it won't make a difference I ask do we then have to torture Bush and Cheney to get even

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  233. Carlos


    People who perform torture are enemies of the United States. Duh!!!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  234. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    Does forbidding so-called “enhanced” interrogation techniques send an invitation to enemies of the United States?

    Forbidding enhanced interrogation techniques sends the message that the U.S.A. will not behave as your ennemies would i.e. cowardly!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  235. Ken from California

    It doesn't send an invitation, but it does send a message. That is we have enough integrity to act in a way that affirms our values not denies them. When we fail to do that, we have been defeated already.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  236. Roz

    Jack, the technigques used should be humane and also some techniques do not need to be advertised. No, stopping torture (that is discussed) will not encourage terrorists. They do not need encouragement or anything else as they have their own minds and it does not include listening to anyone but the lunatics who train them. Part of the problems with the United States is that we have chosen to lower all of our standards, in every, field and look at the shape we are in.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  237. Denise Connolly

    What tactics to our enemies use when trying to get information from captives? On one hand, America is supposed to be above torture, to set a higher standard for treatment of prisoners BUT maybe it's time that we were as brutal as they are so they know we mean business!!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  238. Sarah, Pella, IA

    Banning torture doesn't invite terrorists to attack us, it deters them, because we are no longer the world's biggest hypocrites.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  239. Greg Lee

    The question is incoherent.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  240. Stefano

    Isn't it fairly obvious that using torture gives the enemy an implicit moral authorization to use torture on U.S. soldiers ? Who could possibly be for that ?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  241. RICHARD

    Our enemies never followed the Geneva Convention so how will torture make it any worse?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  242. Chris

    If anything this send a positive message to the world. Terrorists aren't afraid to die and they certainly aren't afraid of being tortured. We have already established how effective this technique is at getting confessions and information... Salem, Mass. managed to get hundreds of women to confess to being witches with similarly barbaric techniques.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  243. Curt - TX

    Enemies of the United States do not wait for invitations to attack.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  244. Nancy Hullinger

    Yes. It invites our enimies to behave in a human manner and follow our example of adhearing to the rule of law. This is a policy that has been missing for the last eight years and needs to be reinstated.
    Thank God there are some reasonable minds in Washington again.

    Weatherford, Tx

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  245. Nick Vlahakis

    Even if it does invite our enemies, the US should always default to our values when making decisions. We are WAY BETTER than what the Bush administrations' values were.

    Williamsburg VA

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  246. Gretchen from Denver

    An invitation to what? As a country we must regain our honor and dignity in the world no matter what the price. Without our honor we can not be a global leader.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  247. Rick

    The word is spreading quickly amongst our terrorist enemies... "It's open season on America" There will be new manuals on what to do if captured... 1. Demand your rights 2. Refuse to talk 3. Demand a lawyer

    After we are severely attacked again and many die, we'll see how long the love fest lasts with B.H. Obama.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  248. David Buchanan

    Just the opposite, Jack. The current policy was an invite to the enemies of the U.S. We had become an outlaw nation with the torture policies of the Bush Administration. As a Vietnam Vet, I knew the one thing that could help me if captured, was the fact we did not torture, and the ensuing outrage by the international community if American soldiers were tortured. Before today, the outrage was directed at us. All that has changed. Besides, the value of intel derived from these techniques was, at best, suspect.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  249. Danny Klimetz

    I'm not sure it matters if it sends an invitation to enemies of the US or not. Once we lower our values as Americans to get what we want, are we any better then our enemies? Aren't we just becoming what we are fighting against?

    Danny Klimetz
    Oxford, MS

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  250. ejmounsey Granville Ohio

    No, not an invitatiion, but it sends a message to the world that we have regained our sense of humanity and wish to be restored to the family of nations.

    EJM Granville Ohio

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  251. Deborah, Los Angeles

    Yes, it sends an invitation Jack. And that invitation, in the wise words of of President Obama reads: You may shake the hand that America extends if you are willing to unclench your fist.

    Finally, America is America again.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  252. Marlene C

    No, it does not – just the opposite in fact.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  253. Valdivia

    Of course not. This is exactly the false dichotomy invented by the Bush administration that unless we torture our enemies won't fear us or will be invited to attack us. This is pure hogwash. A way of justify their own view of the world which breaks with our American traditions and is on top a justification of policies that are NOT effective. Those who do interrogations know torture gives you nothing except a pr tool for the enemies we are trying to defeat. How easily the media repeats the Bush lies about how torture is essential and how closing Guantanamo will endanger us. Stop repeating these lies please and report the truth not the Bush speak we just got rid off.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  254. Rosalynd Florida

    The United States must not loose its grip on humane treatment, the price of tortue for information is too high and it should not be practiced by civilized nations. The Bush administration's treatment of detainees at Gitmo and the like are forms of terrorism that can no longer be allowed.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  255. Fred

    We take great pride in the documents that we celebrate that define us as Americans. How can we lead and show our strength of character on one hand yet not follow those guiding principles. From what I understand, the intel that these extreme tactics glean is not always reliable. Most people will tell you exactly what you want to hear if they're drowning in a dark, cold, cell.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  256. Josh

    I do not believe 'invitation' is a correct word choice but I do think that it may hinder our ability to deal with a group that does not abide by ethical standards at all. Is it wrong, yes but is it necessary, I believe so.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  257. Tomika, Charlotte NC

    I don't feel that it does. i think that if America shows other countries how orgnanized and controlled america is that right there is the threat meaning having tighter border control security for instance lets enemies know that America is serious. It doesn't always have to be violent.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  258. Luisa Mesa

    Banning enhanced interrogation could invite U.S. enemies, but the use of enhanced interrogation could invite even more U.S. enemies! It's wrong and it should not be used.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  259. Rebeca Mauleon

    There is no excuse for being barbaric in the 21st century. Obama said it best during the inaugural: the people "will judge you by what you build, not what you destroy." If the United States truly wants the respect of the international community it must lead the way and put an end to these horrific tactics.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  260. Shirley Mesquite

    "Enhanced" – Who came up with this "nice" word?
    CNN are you using this word to make US illegal actions sound legal?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  261. margaret

    The 'invitation' the new policy sends is this: the invitation for all the world to see, once again, that the United States of America is a nation of such moral strength that we will not abandon our values and ideals in the face of a threat.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  262. Dan

    I don't think it sends an invitation, it's not like the terrorists have been deterred by our questioning techniques when they continue with suicide missions. It does however keep us from stooping to their level.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  263. Kelly MacDonald

    In Canada, we don't make a practice of torturing captives......oh – and wait....we don't seem to have many enemies either. Coincidence?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  264. Sergio

    Terrorists Do not need an excuse to try to attack America, they have and will continue to try no matter what our stance. The difference with Obama is that he is showing the world that we will not compromise morality and integrity in the process of gathering information which is in essence not Lowering ourselves to their (terrorists) level.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  265. Corey

    I think Obama is sending the wrong message to terrorists all over the world... even if we capture you, we'll play nice so it's ok to keep bombing our cities, killing our troops and wreaking havoc all over the world without fear. Where is Jack Bauer when you need him?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  266. Stace

    I believe the only thing it does invite is false admissions to crimes. If I had to endure the torture that the inmates of Gitmo did I would admit to the Lincoln assassination among other things I never done.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  267. James W. Blevins

    Strange question - you are implying that torture discourages our enemies. Hardly it just gives them justification for doing anything they want. Torture does discourage allies. Who wants to be associated with an evil empire.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  268. Kay

    No. Just the opposite. Any idiot knows that we were just eating into their hands by helping them to justify the violence and recruitment of more terrorists. It's about time something was done about this ongoing problem.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  269. Terry Wigfield

    Yes, it shows we are weak and ddivided. I would not include any of the technicques described in abve article as torture. To meet my definition of torture one would have to kill, injure or permanently injure the subject.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  270. Elaine

    Yes, Jack.... forbidding "enhanced" techniques invites our enemies to also take the high road and behave ethically and with humanity.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  271. Jedidiah Palosaari

    Yes, most definitely. It invites them to treat us in the same way they treat us- since it has long been known that one of the greatest dangers of torture is the increased likelihood that our enemies would do the same thing to us. And since it has been known now by advanced societies for decades that torture doesn't work- that you are as likely to get false information as true, fictional Jack Bower not withstanding- we lose nothing at all by not torturing, but gain respect and safety. Of course, there's the moral issue, too- the whole reason that for decades we didn't torture, but set up training for our military to withstand torture, like that committed by North Korea- training that was later transformed into How-To-Torture manuals by the Bush administration. But the moral issue is rather irrelevant, since few people in the US are swayed by ethics any more.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  272. Ed Denham

    I think I didnt hear Obama Sing Cumbiya About terroist .Torture methods Change But death wasnt taken off the table!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  273. stephen mial

    This country has been around for over 200 hundred years and our policy against torture din't invite attacks so why now? Let us not become slaves of fear that Mr Bush used to destract our attention from his lack of leadership

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  274. dterrell

    NO! America must now rewrite our mission in this world, that we are humane but strong.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  275. steve

    are you kidding me,if the world realy knew what went on.business as usual

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  276. Roy in El Paso

    Yes. It tells them they can expect to be upgraded to a Motel 6 quality experience, with free chow, cable TV and fluffy pillows because we have gone soft on extremists we catch, caught in the act.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  277. Charlie


    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  278. Mark Trimper

    I highly doubt terrorists across the world are defining their activity based on the torturing or therefore the non torturing of suspected people being held by the U.S. What President Obama has done (in my opinion) is to declare to the world two wrongs don't make a right. The idea that we won't torture suspected terrorists for information states that we will continue (or get back on track) to seek the higher moral ground.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  279. Roseanne Chapman

    The terorists that were behind 911 didn't need an invitation.

    Treating people, even terrorists (which I consider 'less than'), humanely isn't going to invite more terrorist attacks.

    Terrorists don't care how they are treated after the fact – they just try to inflict as much pain and suffering as they can, to others.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  280. Chris Richards

    That 's exactly what it does, Mr. Cafferty.

    Bronxville, NY

    January 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  281. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    No, it sets our standards out for the world; we either believe in the U.S.Constitution,or we don't. The prohibition on "cruel or unusual punishments" must be for all , or for none..

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  282. Vel

    Look, Muslim terrorists will attack anyone they feel is an affront to their way of life and well being no matter what. They do not fear death. They do not fear punishment. They don't think like Americans. They would attack anyone even if they knew they would be slowly dipped into a vat of acid when caught. So will closing Gitmo "invite" more terrorism? Heck no. If they're going to terrorize, they're going to do it with or without the threat of Gitmo. If anything, it will send a message that the U.S is turning away from looking like the demon of the world and people would be less inclined to hate us for being what the world sees as a "bully". Chaos begets chaos.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  283. Bhavana

    U.S enemies were encouraged and their ideology was propagated by the failed Bush policies towards terror and international diplomacy. We have been much safer in the past 2 days than those torturous 8 years under Bush and Cheney. Torture tactics had nothing to with American safety then and its abolition has nothing to do with American safety now.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  284. Sammy from Texas

    How can we be the shining beacon of hope if we allow such atrocities to occur on our Nations watch? Props to President Obama for issuing executive orders to end criminal torture, way to lead by example.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  285. Tom Hawley

    Jack...everyone seems to be using the terms 'torture' and 'enhanced interrogation techniques' inter changeably. Although these terms are subjective I think its a good idea to temporarily suspend them while our entire policy of interrogating terror suspects is reviewed by the new administration. I don't think a temporary pause during this review would invite America's enemies, but we must be careful not to tie the hands of our intelligence agents. How would you like to be faced with the fact that knowing a terror suspect we have in custody has knowledge of an imminent nuclear attack on this country and the intelligence agent is not allowed to use whatever tools are at his/her diposal to save millions of lives?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  286. Gip, FL


    Lead and rope is a whole lot cheaper than prisons. Eye for an eye!!
    Israel doesnt seem to mind doing what they need to do. Israel is also well known to have the best intelligent of any country.

    Our best friends!!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  287. rev. Heather R Robbins

    No, refusing to lower ourselves to the level of terrorists does not endanger our country. torture does not give clear information in any case. Firm, clear, strong but fair consequences will keep us far safer than the lightening-rod hypocrisy of torture. Let us live by the golden rule, the one moral principle held by all religions, all countries, in one form or another.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  288. Monica (Canada)

    Obama wants to lead by example. So banning torcher is a positive sign and hopefully the world community will follow suit as well. No we are not inviting more terror, I think we are taking steps to reduce it. Now let's teach people literacy so they are not subject to propaganda!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  289. Jeff from Dallas, Texas

    Jack- we need to get something out of this costly friendship with the Israelis. Let that be it. If we need to enhance our interrogation...we'll just turn the bad guys over to Tel Aviv- They'll find out what we want.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  290. Ephram Bowman

    To say that President Obama's effective elimination of "enhanced interrogation" techniques would be an invitation US enemies to exact whatever evil plans they have on the US would be a stretch of even the most vivid imagination. I am fairly certain that these organizations or individuals are driven by a source of evil that extends well beyond the consideration of the potential personal consequences up to and including torture. Just my .02.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  291. Suzanne

    Yes, ending torture will invite our enemies to continue terriorizing US citizens. I'm not sure why we feel we need to treat known enemies with anything other than an eye for an eye. Any means to gain information to keep the United States and our citizens safe seems good to me.

    Las Vegas

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  292. Larry Reed

    If they die in combat they go to heaven if they are capured they get free
    room and board. It's now a win win situation for them to attack.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  293. Ryan Gifford

    I don't believe that just because violent forms of torture such as waterboarding or the Popsicle stick (50 degree room, cold water) are no longer being used,that terrorizers ( I'll miss those) will just start committing more acts of hate and violence.. There are legal and humane ways to get information from people... Tickle their feet with a feather... Give them a 24... Ryan gifford Toronto, Canada

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  294. Enna Vi

    It better not, come on, stopping interrogation doesn't mean stopping the guilty.... At least Obama's doing more in his 3 days as President than bush ever did in 8 years!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  295. MissK from Orange County

    To answer the question:
    Our enemies already doubt and despise us. They will attack us whether or not we use the Army Field Manual or let the CIA continue.
    The Army Field Manual is well respected, specific and I have great faith in the knowledge and experience in our men and women in uniform.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  296. Faith Frankel

    No, it does not. Just as the death penalty does not deter murderous crimes of passion, it seems unlikely that someone recruited by terrorists will be deterred by the fear of being tortured for information. Further, the practice of torture may have inflamed hatred of our country and used as a recruiting tool by terrorists.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  297. luis leon

    i feel that these orders are just out right retarded. these men already had nothing and are not scared to die. they have a better life if just held captive because now they have 3 square meals and a bed. without these enhanced methods the captives will have no reason to give us any intelligence but now have all the reason to laugh in our face.

    very respectfully, l.leon
    19 yr. old, NY.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  298. Sandra fromTexas

    In a word, no. I think it is probably discouraging news for them. They can't get anymore allies and recruits by accusing America of being a torture nation.
    I am so happy today. I feel I have my country back. For the first time in many many years, America feels like the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  299. John Vigilant

    It would, only if Obama is setting his administration and America to be weak. But he is strong in his resolve not to be apologetic on how we live and a crime is committed against us, we will persue those who committ the wrong

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  300. Robert Asheville, N.C.

    I think that this will give terrorist more opportuity because they will know that they will just get a padded cell with big screen t.v. and three squares a day.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  301. DP

    Time will tell if our security is in danger–what we do has never made our enemies respect our citizens or troops-

    January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  302. Alex

    The bottom line is that the more the U.S. tortures its enemies, the easier it is for groups like al-qaeda to attract recruits. I don't believe for a second that ending torture invites the United States' enemies, however it does invite the rest of the world to cooperate in defeating the common enemy.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  303. John Patterson

    Discipline breeds respect, harrassment breeds contempt. However, I believe that any decrease in consequences for making a bad choice, invites new and greater bad choices.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  304. Mike LaFleur

    Banning torture restores our standing as a moral nation and does not invite enemies. Torture invigorates enemies and puts our troops in grave danger of being the victims of retribution.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  305. Kathleen Chicago, IL

    These "enhanced techniques" do nothing more than bring the USA down to the level of those terrorists we say we are fighting. It has been proven time and again that these techniques do not work anyway as subjects will say anything to stop the brutality. It's best to use our heads and not our fists.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  306. Timothy from Crestline CA

    Jack; the real question is will the trials of those privates, corporals and other military personal who were sentenced to many years in jail? It turns out that they were following orders from Bush, Cheney and Rumsfield after all.

    So why are the little people of the military serving time for following the orders of their superior's?

    Because they took pictures?

    They are guilty of being stupid but they were still flowing orders.

    To answer your question; those who we tortured hate America and Americans so much they are a danger to America. One of our own making too. Find a country that will take them and keep an eye on them, they may want pay back. Keeping them locked up is just as wrong as the actions they may or may not have taken.

    Letting them go is the price we must pay; because doing the right thing is always the right thing to do!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  307. Jim

    Torture is so obviously wrong, it was banned in the Bill of Rights in 1790. Any information gotten from torture methods cannot be reliable. Most people would tell their interrogators anything they wanted to here to get the torture to stop, even if it wasn't true. Bravo, Mr. Obama.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  308. Jay in Indiana

    As long as these captives are brought to justice (which is yet to be determined on how that will happen.) I do not belive that it invites anyone, yet it doesn't discourage anyone either. Terrorist wil continue to try and find ways to hinder the U.S.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  309. Amjad

    No, I do not think it will have any effect. The ones who are planning to attack the US already made up their minds, and so are the ones who are not.
    It actually gives the US a moral authority that could harm the extremists within their countries because their inhumanity will be clear to the young Muslims, who might be considering to join them, but will back down.

    This is the right way to win the hears and minds. Bush had no clue. To him, winning the hearts and minds was nothing but a package to sell to the American people and not the ones that matter in the Muslim world.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  310. Justin Kolpak

    I do not know...But if it means that we adhere to international laws and the Geneva Convention we should take our chances. Even my 80 year old grandmother would take arms if necessary to protect these United States.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  311. RDWillits

    Absolutely not! The United States of America must live up to its ideals. Terrorists do not decide whether to attack or not based on whether they may be tortured if caught. We should not lower ourselves to their level by compromising our commitment to human rights.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  312. Susan Alexander

    Many British and American interrogators and John McCain, who was subjected to torture, have said that torture does not get you the true facts. The person being tortured will say whatever they think the interrogator wants to hear to get them to stop the torture.
    The gentleman who recently wrote a book about his own experiences as an interrogator has written and discussed in interviews that he has gotten actionable intelligence by engendering trust and understanding with his subjects.
    This technique does extend any kind of invitation to our enemies. Instead, it would send a message that we will find out who they are, where they are and what their plans are.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  313. Mike LaFleur

    Banning torture restores our standing as a moral nation and does not invite enemies. Torture invigorates enemies and puts our troops in grave danger of being the victims of retribution. Milton, Massachusetts

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  314. Conner

    No, because most of the people interrogated aren't even guilty and they are forced into confessing for a crime that they didn't commit. For the ones that actually do the things that they are accused of, simple interrogation methods would work as they have for other countries.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  315. Armondo Cor-Dova

    I believe that it is both a good and bad thing. The United States may no longer use torture to interrogation techniques against our enemies, but what about when our soldiers are captured? They will most likely be tortured. I think that this should have been an international resolution. But we'll see how it plays out. So far President Obama has made some good decision by picking the appropriate people for his cabinet, his ideas our good. So I will trust his judgement.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  316. MaryAnn

    While terrorists will torture no matter what we do, It's the Bush Administration that "invited" terrorists to torture American prisoners; creating an eye for an eye attitude. Adherence to the Geneva Convention raises our moral standing in the world, and should deter torture of Americans.

    Besides, research by psychologists proves it doesn't work, other techniques work better. Common sense tells us that any of us would tell them "anything they wanted to hear" whether it was true or not, just
    to end torture.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  317. George, Virginia

    No. Enemies of the Unitied States have never needed an invitation.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  318. Robb

    I'm not sure if you would call ceasing "enhanced" interrogation techniques an open invitation to terrorists any more than continuing the practice. We can sit here and argue over if this will make our country more or less safe, but the fact of the matter is that terrorists will be terrorists regardless of whether or not we continue the practice. We can only hope, however, that by stopping "enhanced" interrogations, that gives our enemies just one less thing they desire to attack us for.

    Cleveland, OH

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  319. Sue in NH

    If there is one thing to learn out of the Bush years, its that the USA cannot lead the world by being a bully. We can neither defeat all our enemies that way, nor inspire cooperation from our friends. The planet is hungry for good leadership to help solve the huge problems of 7 billion people trying to live on this one small planet. If we are to lead the world in a positive direction, the only way we can do that is by setting a positive example. Torturing prisoners made us no better than our enemies and only sent us back to the dark ages. It’s a small planet. We’ll need to do much better, and I am hopeful Obama can help us leave behind our childish (and cruel) ways.

    Sue in NH

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  320. Jen James

    Announcing to the terrorists that life will be comfortable for them if they are captured is like telling kids they will all get A's in math class no matter how poorly they do on the test. Oops...I think they're already doing that in California.

    Calhoun City, Mississippi

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  321. Susan from Suffolk

    Absolutely not. Our torturing of prisoners some whom were just picked up on neighbors bad will and we know this since hundreds have been let go, has increased our danger in the world. I have heard many good interrogators talk from the military college about how any information obtained cannot be trusted anyway. This is not 24, it is real life which is far more complicated than that show or Bush(gone thank God) would have us believe. I applaud President Obama for adhering to the rule of law which he just swore to in his oath to the Constitution. Bush and Cheyney should be jailed for their sullying of America's good name.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  322. Ephram Bowman - Atlanta, GA.

    To say that President Obama’s effective elimination of “enhanced interrogation” techniques would be an invitation to US enemies to exact whatever evil plans they have on the US would be a stretch of even the most vivid imagination. I am fairly certain that these organizations or individuals are driven by a source of evil that extends well beyond the consideration of the potential personal consequences up to and including torture. Just my .02.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  323. Philip Meyers

    Dear Jack,
    ABSOLUTELY NOT! America has sent the message to the world that we are once again a Beacon of Light; no longer the 'rogue' nation we had become under the Bush administration. WE THE PEOPLE of The United States have seized the high ground, the moral high ground...at least in keeping OUR WORD when we sign a treaty!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  324. Cat Greene

    I think this kind of interrogation is barbaric and inhumane. To engage in such practice is illegal, bottom line as it should be and to suggest that banning such practices invites U.S. enemies is, quite frankly, ridiculous. Also, to try and dress it up by using such phrases as "enhanced interrogation", is an affront. America will deal with these terrorists in a legal way, hence, the closing of gitmo. They will be dealt with justly.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  325. Jasmine, Largo, Md

    No jack, it does not. Barack Obama stopping torture is one step forword to cleaning our rep. And standing in the world. The Iraq war and Gitmo have ruined our image around the world and little do some know, it hurts us more then the terroist that we keep in there.

    Because of our actions these past 8 year of tortuing people, we have gave terroist groups a message to recrut and give excuses to kill innocent people. The "America is an evil Country" message has worked these past 8 years and Obama is trying to stop it. By doing this he is re-building our image in the world and helping us develop relationships with other Countrys that we have tarnished in the last Admin. And over all he is keeping America safe. Kudos to Obama!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  326. B in DC

    As someone who has lost an important person in this "War on Terror", I think terrorists should be strung up by their toenails if it would save even just one life. These people want to kill us (and, don't forget, they want to kill Europeans, Indians, and others around the world!). We need to do what it takes to stay safe. Period. They give our soliders and civilians NO MERCY, so why should we give them mercy? To prove we're better than them? We are already better than them – we don't fly planes into their financial centers, murdering thousands of civilians. I voted for Obama, but on this specific point our idiologies diverge.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  327. Steve

    When will Americans get it that the agenda of terrorists is not land or money, or oil, except for how those things can further their perceived moral and philosophical causes. Our use of torture did not deter them as a group. It may very well have deterred some of the less than dedicated members, but others could always be found to take their place, especially those who had lost family members to bombs or other military operations. Just like in our own revolution, their heros are willing to seek death when they feel they have no liberty, and to shoot from behind the rocks and trees as tactics against the giant.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  328. Hugh McElroy

    Absolutely! It sends the message that they need to find another recruitment tool 'cause we're taking that one of the board.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  329. bev williams

    It's hard to see how banning these techniques will deter terrorist anymore than the death penalty has deterred murderers within our own country. States with the death penalty in place have not eliminated the continuation of murder and existence of murderers.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  330. Shyrell Van Arsdale

    War is hell.........that's a fact. It seems the goal of a dreadful situation for everyone involved (war) should be the best possible scenerio i.e. whatever BEST benefits the safety of the CITIZENS of the United States of America. Our enemies are not interested in our fine sensibilities of fair play. They are interested in destroying us....period. As a kid playing out in the vacant lot in the years just after World War 2 the neighborhood dads taught us what they had just suffered a long, long time learning: all's fair in war; do what you have to do.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  331. Deborah fisher

    As a retired military member i believe you really have to know about serving in the military in order to understand this. Our military will be more likely to be treated the way America treats others. If we torture them, they will torture our troops for sur., They may still torture our troops if we do not torture them however at least we set a trend and we have a better chance of our troops being treated humanely if we treat other's POWs the same. John McCain can understand to this. This make s America and our trops safer and it also makes those people less hostile to American by seeing America as a steward of peace and not a poster for torture ontheir captured POWs.


    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  332. chrisite long beach, ca

    No, it does not, it shows that we are a stronger America then ever before.

    Long Beach, Ca

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  333. Joe Rogers

    St. Petersburg, FL

    No, it sends a message to the world that we will no longer violate
    existing rules, regulations, laws, such as were violated all eight
    years of the preceding administration. It is designed simply to
    spare our personnel, whether civilian or military from having
    unlawful things done to them in case they are captured. It is
    a message of common sense as opposed to no sense.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  334. Will, Ellijay GA

    Terrorists do not consider consequences. They fly into buildings and blow themselves up. Fear of "enhanced interrogation techniques" will not deter a terrorist. We've only enhanced our standing in the civilized world. How nice for us to not be hypocritical when we preach human rights to other nations.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  335. sandramruttan

    9/11 happened before the torture. I don't think banning the practice amounts to an invitation to American enemies, and many of the people held at Guantanamo Bay have been there for years. If the torture techniques used were so effective wouldn't they have confessed to their crimes long ago?

    We cannot judge other nations for their actions – for genocide, for violations of human rights – if the highest office in the land does not honor international regulations on torture and the treatment of prisoners. GB has damaged the credibility of the Unites States, and the move to shut it down is an important step towards regaining international respect, as well as self respect.

    Sandra Ruttan
    Westminster, Maryland

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  336. Liz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    Jack, it sends the message that the U.S. is returning to a moralistic and just society. It will not affect the terrorists one way or the other – they will continue to do what they do, whether the U.S. tortures or not. But it will score many, many points with all of the U.S.'s allies, and uplift the U.S.'s standing to a great degree throughout the world.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  337. 1ChanceOnly

    Jack we have already given Terrorists a reason to hate us....Bush. We have to reclaim our Values in good and bad times. No matter what we do we will be in this war for a long time. We must protect this Country regardless.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  338. Pat, Philadelphia

    Yes, I do think this will send an invitation to enemies of the U.S.; it invites them to see the ways in which this country is going to change. Torture will never bring about positive results since it triggers a chain reaction of vengeful violence. The more we torture, the harder they will fight against us. President Obama has shown that he is willing to be the bigger man by closing Guantanamo and ending this vicious cycle.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  339. Mike from Mio

    I totally agree with Dave from San Diego~
    And do yourself a favor and watch the movie, Rendition!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  340. Clay in El Paso

    Does forbidding so-called “enhanced” interrogation techniques send an invitation to enemies of the United States?

    I do not believe forbidding "enhanced" interrogation techniques as sending an invitation to the enemies of the U.S. The bottom line is that the U.S.'s enemies do not and never have required any type of invitation to inflict anything at us as a nation. American ideals are just not indicative of what everyone in the world wants, and therefore we will continually have enemies poised on destroying us. Forbidding "enhanced" techniques simply signifies to the world that will follow the ideals and principles of what this country was built on. Those who decide to take this as an invitation are sadly mistaken and I'm sure our new President will deal with any incurrsion accordingly.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  341. chuck from myrtle beach

    I don't think any of our enemies need an invitation to remain our enemies! I hope they got the message on Tuesday that "we will defeat you!!"

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  342. Dave in Saint Louis

    Since coming into practice in 2002 we have not been hit again! I think the answer is obvious!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  343. Cat Greene

    I think this kind of interrogation is barbaric and inhumane. To engage in such practice is illegal, bottom line, as it should be and to suggest that banning such practices invites U.S. enemies is, quite frankly, ridiculous. Also, to try and dress it up by using such phrases as "enhanced interrogation", is an affront. America will deal with these terrorists in a legal way, hence, the closing of gitmo. They will be dealt with justly, and in a just manner.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  344. Tom McConnell

    How could this send an invitation (which I assume you mean an invitation to attack us)?

    The invitation to our enemies was already sent when The Decider supported the use of water boarding and the other "harsh interrogation" methods! THAT was the invitation... the invitation to torture hostages, the invitation to declare that the US violates human rights, and the invitation to claim a moral high ground in their fight against the US.

    Obama's executive order is the RIGHT thing to do, morally and strategically. I places the US back on the higher ground of ethical treatment of human beings. Applause, applause, Barak!!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  345. Steven Siry

    Whether or not the elimination of torture invites further terrorist activity is irrelevant. What it does show the world is that the United States operates under a higher standard of justice and sets an example for others to follow. Barbarianism will not be tolerated in the US.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  346. Ben

    compassion is REVELUTION.

    Any man can change things. Make them bigger, stronger, and more volatile. But it takes one of great character and gile to move in the other direction.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  347. Joe Murrieta

    Now I'm not one for torture or should we say "enhanced Interrogations" however during a time of war & yes lets not forget people, we are at war it is sometimes necessary to take extreme measures to extract information. Although unpopular some of these tactics have helped prevent attacks on the United States & it's interest.

    Seriously, slapping, splashing cold water or making them stand for long periods of time, common, we're not beheading our enemy like lambs or doing summary executions like our enemies are doing to our troops & I seriously doubt our enemies would treat us any better whether we stopped or not.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  348. Milagros

    I am a Cuban exile who loves this country..

    However, jack this will not invite others to do anything. The use of these tactics were merely used by those who had in thier hands a tool to use in order to abusive our enemy, a way to get back at foreigners who were all part of the problem..so they thought..
    Now what ..we are the problem. No countries like us, nor will we regain out status because pres obama is in office,. However, i do believe that the work to get back our rep can now begin.
    It is about time that we have elected someone with a brain.

    Thx Jack

    PS Jack, i will answer with a question..Have we found Osama Bin Laden yet?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  349. John Mc., Raleigh, NC

    No way. We can not ask other nations to abide by the rule of law or the rules of war if our commander-in-chief does not follow those rules.

    Further, whatever we are willing to do to foreign soldiers we must be prepared to let others do to our soldiers. THAT (the potential for our soldiers to be captured) is why it is important that we follow the law!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  350. Jill from Texas

    Torture is barbaric. Holding suspected terrorists in Guantanamo is barbaric. We cling to our constitutional rights as Americans, yet do not apply the same rights to these detainees. As the so-called "Leader of the Free World," it is our duty to apply these very rights to others. If we are to continue to exist as a democracy, our citizens and leaders should demand it.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  351. Claudia Woodward-Rice

    The reaction of the press during today's press conference and the tone of your question display both ignorance about the utility of torture and lack of committment to human rights.

    We cannot address our enemies until we face our own complicity with the Bush admin's contempt for the rule of law and indulgence in savage behavior.

    Face the fact that no useful information was obtained. We degraded ourselves for nothing.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  352. Bob Silvia

    If you think someone who will drive a plane into a building or blow himself up in a crowd is going to give in to torture your mistaken.
    The new administration is sending a signal to the rest of the world that we have returned to our senses and will lead the world again both morally , politically and militarily if needed.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  353. TK Mukherjee

    This is one of the most , if not the most important factors for improving international relations. US alaways could gather international support on the basis of core values we practiced.
    Decision to revert back to "no torchure" policy and making it public should help US. This is not weakness this is sign of our Firm belief in Fairness,

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  354. Sandra in Little Rock, AR

    I think that these animals could care less if we forbid "enchanced interrogation" or not. They will continue their policy of "enhanced elimination" of us because this issue of "enhanced compassion" is not a two way street to them.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  355. Stan Wilson

    In response to your question re torture:

    Absolutely not. First, terrorists don't expect to captured; second, they certainly do not ponder the consequences of capture in deciding what actions they take.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  356. Tom McConnell

    Tom (Muncie, IN)

    How could this send an invitation (which I assume you mean an invitation to attack us)?

    The invitation to our enemies was already sent when The Decider supported the use of water boarding and the other "harsh interrogation" methods! THAT was the invitation... the invitation to torture hostages, the invitation to declare that the US violates human rights, and the invitation to claim a moral high ground in their fight against the US.

    Obama's executive order is the RIGHT thing to do, morally and strategically. I places the US back on the higher ground of ethical treatment of human beings. Applause, applause, Barak!!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  357. Marcus Eagan

    No, It stops pissing 'em off a little bit.

    Detroit, Michigan

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  358. Paul Willson

    Stopping torture is a good idea . You get no useful information from such tactics . Under torture one would say anything.
    As ffor closing Gitmo . Fine for the really rotten apples send them to Pelican Bay SUPER MAX prison....

    January 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  359. Lorenzo

    No. because these people do not appreciate life. They would kill no matter what the consequeces are.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  360. Lana

    No, because the United States is showing a new strength and courage to be what it should be : a strong democracy which upholds the rule of law and lives by the dictates of the Constitution. If anything our enemies should be quaking. The old USA is back and we will have friends and allies again.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  361. Augustine David

    Does forbidding so-called “enhanced” interrogation techniques send an invitation to enemies of the United States?

    No, I it does the opposite. It tell the enemies of the US, they can no longer use “interrogation” as an excuse when recruiting new members.

    It also helps the allies of the US (NATO) justify to their citizens the US should be assisted in ending these wars successful and securing the peace for all.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  362. Bill, Kansas City

    Yes, I believe President Obama is finally putting his foot down and making it clear that we will not tolerate inhumane acts.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  363. andre

    I dont think our enemies worry about what types of tactics we use. It doesnt deter in any way the way they plan or execute what they do. I think the US puts too much weight on the intelligence that is gathered from prisoners. What guarantee does a person have that once they give up the "information" that the torture wont continue? This is the real world, not "24".

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  364. Paul Kaplan

    The President's announcement that The US will no longer permit torture, holding priisoners without charge gives the enemies of the US a definite message: that the United States has returned to a nation that is drivwen by laws that addresses the dignity of human beings.

    From Tewksbury, MA

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  365. Brad from Virginia

    Certainly not. If anything, this move will make it harder for the enemy to get new recruits. When engaged in an "ideological struggle" such as this, it makes no sense to fight fire with fire by lowering ourselves to their level of inhumanity and barbarism, giving credence to terrorist propaganda. If our behavior overseas doesn't resemble at all what they've been convinced of, then perhaps more and more will think twice before joining the Jihad.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  366. Lesley Waters

    Hello, I'm happy that President Obama is doing the right thing. Torture is horrible. We should rise above that and never should have
    been doing it in the first place. If somebody is a criminal they belong in jail. Period!
    And, lets support this great man trying to do good. Enough of ugly Americans. Remember this,
    Fear is out of fashion and Hope is hip!
    Peace out everyone!
    Lesley in Northern California

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  367. D. Mize

    If you mean will it invite US enemies to attack us, no. If you mean will it invite US enemies to potentially seek diplomatic solutions to conflict, I think so. Look at the effect these sort of techniques had on Sayyid Qutb in the 60's. Torture embitters our enemies, and makes enemies of everyone within each prisoner's sphere of influence. Torture makes us the same as the terrorists. Thank God a more responsible administration has finally stepped in and stopped this.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  368. Danielle C

    No, it does not invite enemies! It's analogous to the higher murder rates in death penalty states.

    It is nothing short of uncivilized to use torture techniques. We solve crimes everyday in the US without torturing people, so why is this considered "advanced intelligence"? I also wonder why no one cares about the known innocent in Gitmo. It's purely racist to want to punish anyone that had anything to do with the middle east or the Islamic religion. I'm sickened by the "punish mentality" that people in this country have AND their lack of interest in human rights. What's wrong with people and how did people lose the ability to be empathetic to the innocent victims?

    Peace-loving Atheist
    Woodhaven, Michigan

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  369. Nate Atlanta Ga

    Making adjustments to laws to demonstrate civility does not invite danger. Showing and being ignorant towards all human life does demonstrate weakness and now that George W is out of office we can all enjoy what it feels like to be led by intelligence again.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  370. Dan Pelissero

    No, it won't make a difference. Islamic terrorists care about killing innocent people and being a martyr of Islam. They could care less what happens to them as long as those goals are acheived. Torture or not torture they are coming for us either way, so let's do it right.

    Lexington, Ky

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  371. Seth McDermott (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

    No, it shows that Americans are noble after all. Torture is not becomming to a nation that is supposed to be a beacon of hope for the world, and Obama knows it. This will set an example that the U.S. is interested in working out solutions instead of smashing its way through, trying to get what it wants like a toddler throwing a fit.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  372. Sabina Tamburin

    I doubt terrorists are worrying about being tortured when they commit their crimes and I think that anyone would say anything to stop from being tortured. It is not worth the small amount of information that turns out to be true. We are no better than our enemies when our government allows torture.

    Sabina in Goshen, NY

    January 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  373. Jeremy Vernon

    Our enemies don't need an invitation. Remember 9/11?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  374. Jerry

    Jack we can not stop other countries from torturing us especially since we just did it. And Obama outlawing torture will work right up until we decide to do it again. Obama needs to put some teeth into it and prosicute, America and the world needs accoutability.
    one of America's reluctant torturer's Jerry / Iowa

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  375. linbit-Greensboro, NC


    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  376. Gip, FL


    The American people do not want to know what we have done and do everyday to keep us safe. They want to go about living their lifes as everything is just fine.

    Keep us safe! sort out the details later!!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  377. Patrick Jean Baptiste

    No Jack. It doesn't invite enemies. Instead, it teaches them that America is better than to torture. There is no use for torture. Enhanced interrogation techniques are fine, but torture is not. Stooping to the level of torture tarnishes America's image in the world. It makes us look weak and desperate. America shouldn't torture. It should try its best to get information out of suspected terrorists without resorting to torture.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  378. Joshua Martin

    I dont think its anywhere near the enhancement of inviting our enemies compared to the war killing machine of the Bush Administration.
    Securtiy and Defense is one thing.. off-shore prisons and waterboarding is completely something different.. ..The middle east for example is one great big bee nest and should be treated as such leave it alone and if u have to pass by it do so with soft slow careful movements not bombs weapons and 140k of American troops ..how bout trying to work with the bees for their honey for a change.. peace will lead to peace but spending too much time and using too much effort will lead to being stung.
    Joshua Martin Hinsdale, NH

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  379. Eric Godfrey

    BRAVO TERRY I think you put it perfectly. It is good to see that there are a few people leaving intelligent comments on this page.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  380. Veron Rolle

    Here is the thing, since 9/11 America has been safe thanks to the Bush Administration how the former president kept us safe I don't care all I know is that I didn't see planes crashing into buildings. If President Obama feels that he needs to get softer on terrorists I hope he has a back up plan if God forbid there is another attack on American soil.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  381. Jim Flint

    The practice of torture does not deter terrorists because they do not intend to get caught, at least alive. Banning torture, therefore, is not an invitation, but it may help the United States reclaim the high moral ground that we lost during the Bush-Cheney years. Furthermore, torture does not yield information of value, just capitulation.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  382. Daniel

    Does anyone seriously think that terrorists (you know, those people who strap bombs to their chests and fly planes into buildings) are scared of being splashed with some cold water? You can hate them all you want, but don't doubt their commitment.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  383. Bill Kalamazoo Mi.

    No Jack
    It sends a clear message that finally the United States is returning, to the values that made us a world leader. It tells our enemies that we are returning to the ideals of fair play that gave us the moral high ground.The same moral high ground that the Bush administration buried us under.
    Thank God for term limitations!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  384. Roderick Sevilla

    Hey Jack,

    The terrorist will always no doubt be knocking at the door uninvited. By not evoking violence like enhanced interrogation (torture), the U.S. is not giving the match to light the stick of dynamite the Fracken SOB is holding while on the front porch.

    el don Rodrigo
    San Jose, CA

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  385. tim

    yes it invites terrorists all day. The enemy views us as weak and traped by the rules we have made for ourself's. Do you realy think being nicer to them will do a thing? If we give the zeta's in mexico some flowers and cookies will they stop chopping off heads on utube? I fear that obama is takeing some dangerous steps for p.r. value. Considering he left a way to toture if he so desires. Its a big ploy. If you look at what he said it's almost word for word the same stuff bush said.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  386. jim

    If President Obamas' enlightened policies toward intelligence, Gitmo etc. causes an attack on the United States his presidency will be finished in a heartbeat , and the righteous cause of the black people will be set back 500 years., He needs to leave the intelligence business to the professionals.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  387. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    Torture is done for the pleasure of the torturer. Like rape, it is acbout power, not about sex or information. Its practictioners are more evil than their victims

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  388. Stan Wilson in Greensboro NC

    Absolutely not. First, terrorists don’t expect to be captured; second, they certainly do not ponder the consequences of capture in deciding what actions they take.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  389. John Vigilant

    It would, only if Obama is setting his administration and America to be weak. But he is strong in his resolve not to be apologetic on how we live and if a crime is committed against us, we will persue those who committed the wrong.
    Writing from Miami, FL.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  390. Ray Victory

    Precisely the opposite Jack. The President's actions are a first step in undoing the counterproductive Bush policies which in fact made us far LESS safe by providing propaganda fodder to our foes while alienating our erstwhile allies. Much more remains to be done to restore the faith of the world in the U.S. but this too will be accomplished in good time.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  391. david

    Maybe if we (US) treated the rest of the World the way we expect to be treated then there wouldn't be such animosity towards the United States.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  392. Colleen, Austin, Texas

    No. Bush & his followers who believe that torture works have been watching too much TV..like "24". Torture doesn't work at getting to the truth.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  393. Monica (Canada)

    Your next question should be if we were to educate the some disaffected
    taliban who wish to be educated as in simply learn how to read and write in exchange for leaving the taliban for good would this help. And would this help their children and family in the future in Afganistan?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  394. Jacob Gluck

    If the ban will be fully enforced then it would be disastrous to our country, since intelligence agencies won't have any leverage against suspected terrorists.

    However, I suspect that the torture ban is issued more as a gesture of good will and cooperation with the international community. It may actually enhance our security by undercutting some of the reasons our enemies would want to attack us.

    So I Consider it a brilliant political meneuver. But I also trust that the CIA officials will still find loopholes to be able to properly interrogate the most dangerous suspects.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  395. Barbara Frost


    The President has promised to follow the rule of law. I presume that includes international law. There is no evidence that coerced information obtained by torture is useful. We have only the words of the Bush administration suggesting that they got information by the use of torture. Since Bush lied about so many aspects of the wars in Iraq and Afganistan, shy should we believe him on this subject? Your question is impossible to answer except to say that we all gain when we follow our consitution and model respect for the individual's rights.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  396. larissa mcneil

    Finally, some sense. Bullying only perpetuates anger and violence. Obama is not suggesting that we turn the other cheek, but rather take effective action that deals with the real underlying issues. Let's not just beat up some people and alienate the rest of the world – we need to build our allies in this struggle against terrorism in order to succeed.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  397. Maynard Thomas, Catlettsburg, KY

    Call it what it is... torture. Torture will and has increased the disgust for America both by those tortured that were wrongly detained and the view that America is hypocritical in it's practices vs. it's claims of being a humanitarian country.

    As an American who served in Vietnam... I am ashamed of the Bush administrations position on torture. I hope President Obama will restore the true American positon on torture and return to taking the lead on the Geneva Conventions findings.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  398. Carlos

    Yes it does send an invitation to enemies. Like the saying has always said. All is fair in love and war. Does this administration or its supporters that less than a decade we were attacked? The most americans to die ever on American soil? He is going to undermind everything that makes our enemies believe that we will strike back. What does he think we should do? Noone in law enforcement does that when they try to find out accomplices.
    This President has another agenda. I am interested in knowing what it is.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  399. Brian Eubanks, Weaverville, NC

    Absolutely!!! The U.S. has to take the lead. It sends an invitation to the rest of the world to join the global civilization. It rings a resounding tone to every corner of the earth that all nations will conduct itselves in a civilized manner.

    We seek a new way forward... Join us!!!

    ...Brian, Weaverville, NC

    January 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  400. Patrick Reed

    Ironically, it ties our hands! Our enemies already exist and this will make it more difficult to protect our country. The terrorists are here, and Obama's misguided policy opens more ways for the terrorists to achieve their goals. Obama mistakenly offers a hand to those who seek only our destruction. Here again is a surface ploy – Obama's only hand: maintain the appearance of highest ethics. The terrorists care not at all about our ethics. They laugh at them. Under such policies, we have stepped upon the slippery slope...

    January 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  401. Tim Burton

    HI Jack,

    I think these tactics should be allowed to be used, to get information from these people. One thing to keep in mind is these people hate our way of life, and want to see it end. The question is, if we want information, we should use anything we can to get the information to keep our nation alive and well.

    North Carolina

    January 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  402. Sam

    I don't think abandoning "enhanced" interrogation techniques will act as an invitation to enemies of the United States. It may appear as though we lose forceful interrogation tactics, but we still have a justice system which is committed to persecuting criminals, and we still have an intelligence agency working to deter would-be criminals. One way or another, by the time criminals are being interrogated, they are in U.S. custody. I have confidence in our government to find other ways of extracting information.

    Wake Forest University

    January 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  403. Obie

    Hi Jack,

    I believe the president's executive orders effectively send several invitations, to our enemies, allies and to those crucial potentially partner countries skeptical of what we as a nation have become. This is an invitation to a new American era in which our moral high ground will not be corrupt and will no longer be questioned and I for one welcome it.


    Chico, CA

    January 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  404. Connie Morsher

    No Jack, I think the United States is finally taking the high road. Other countries looked at us with discust, example the shoe throwing at ex-president Bush. I always thought American was above these tactics and was very dishearted when I heard about the waterboarding, etc. Hopefully we can change for the better and other countries will look at us with respect again. Connie from Ohio

    January 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  405. Lori, Denver CO

    When you take away one person's rights, regardless of who they are or what they are accused of, you take away everyone's rights. Torture is morally reprehensible, to anyone for any reason. America's strength is not that we have the ability to use force, but that we have the moral high ground to treat people humanely, whether or not they would extend us the same courtesy. When we stoop to the level of would-be terrorists we are just like them, no better, no worse. Hopefully the people who have been scared into believing that our national security depends on torturing people will learn a lesson from history (Japanese-American detention camps and German gas chambers) and remember that there is nothing to stop governments from taking rights from whomever they deem "dangerous" without reason or cause, just because they can.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  406. Deborah from Grovetown, GA


    As a retired military member I believe you really have to know about serving in the military in order to understand this. Our military will be more likely to be treated the way America treats others. If we torture them, they will torture our troops for sure., They may still torture our troops if we do not torture them however at least we set a trend and we have a better chance of our troops being treated humanely if captured if we treat other’s POWs the same.

    John McCain can understand to this. This makes America and our troops safer and it also makes those people such as families and friends of hostages less hostile to Americans by seeing America as a steward of peace and not a poster for torture on their captured POWs. Remember, not all POWs are guilty, who would want to be tortured guilty or not?


    January 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  407. Andy San Francisco

    I think it is President Obama's belief that when we engage in the same kinds of thuggish and inhumane practices we have launched this "war on terror" to combat, we do more to encourage these terrorists to continue than we do to stop them, and this is one of the reasons I voted for him. He is leading by example, and bringing the ideals of American virtue from the textbooks to the playing field, from the conceptual to the real, and I fully support it.

    It need not be said that Mr. Bush should never have allowed these practices to be used, and if he had not, we would not need a presidential order to reverse it.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  408. Fred Roberts

    To turn the question around: does torture deter the would-be terrorists of the world? Hey, we're talking about people who gladly strap on a bomb vest and blow themselves up. Would the prospect of torture really stop them? Or might it instead turn a moderate individual into smeone so angry, so bitter, that violence begins to seem like a good idea?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  409. Gordon, Beaverton, Oregon

    The release is strictly a PR move. I don't believe for a minute that under critical stress such as the knowledge that a bomb is placed some where that they will not switch to extreme interrogation methods and they should.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  410. Charles Gifford

    Our enemies will do what they will regardless of our policy on torture. The real danger of torture is its corrosive impact on us and our society. In WWII the Nazi Gestapo and the Japanese Kempeitai also used "enhanced interrogation techniques" – yet we were able to prevail without lowering ourselves to their level. It can and must be the same today!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  411. Ralph Lawrance , Jr

    Dear Mr. Cafferty,
    First, in reguard to your last question, I believe politics as usual will change provided President Obama's orders reguarding lobbyists and ethics had " teeth" to enforce them. Reguarding " torture" when dealing with the type of lifeforms that murder innocent men, women and children , making them uncomfortable does not seem unreasonable. Also, please tell those elected to represent our people " America doesn't work when America doesn't work " .

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  412. Hajjah, Louisville, KY

    First of all we must realize that people will confess to anything under torture; therefore, the answers received by the questioners can only be confirmation of information already guessed or known to be true. Secondly, the fear of what might happen is the true terror that is used against our world communities. As a matter of fact, terror is practiced by our media daily as they try to add fear of the future; of a new administration, and by over blowing any small incident that happens in this country. For these reasons, we are calmed by the low key, intelligent demeanor of Mr. Obama. I long for the years of news reporting, (Edward R. Morrow, et al) not news making and gossip raking by young men and women who would be better suited selling toothpaste.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  413. Alan, Buxton Maine

    It upholds our moral position in the world. How that could invite enemies is beyond my comprehension.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  414. tim

    I think it is funny what do you think is gonna happen when the prison gangs get there paws on these clowns from gitmo? They are going to be in desperate danger what ever max prison there in. Thats is why this is a big mistake for obama they dont belong in american prison they cant hang. They will be targets the second its anounced.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  415. candy

    Sometimes I marvel at the high level of naivety and ignorance in the west, US especially. I do not condone the enhanced interrogation method but what makes you think that the world will now love America more for this. If you live out there you will realize how people love to hate the US no matter what it does.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  416. Abiola Streete

    No. Banning torture creates fewer young terrorists. I was 10 yrs old when my parents were tortured by the American military during their invasion of Grenada in 1983 and I understand how terrorists could use children's rage to turn them into terrorists too. Luckily Grenada is a Christian nation with the values of forgiveness and compassion, so no one used my family's tragedy to recruit me.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  417. stacy Hopkins

    If a man is willing to blow himself up for a cause a little waterboarding isn't going to do any good. Good cop, bad cop good cop will produce some results.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  418. Fubara, S. ( From Canada)


    Regardless of how the US treats suspected terrorist, terrorism will continue because there are people who harbor grudge against goodwill.

    It's only human that America lives up to her moral values. Someday the world will be a better place with America leading and the right change has just began.

    I believe this chang in America will change the world and the way some enemies of America percieve her.

    America no doubt is the greatest nation on the face of the Earth so she must lead with good example!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  419. TC

    No, our enemies are not concerned whether we use enhanced techniques (torture) or not, they are willing to die for their belief. Torture only invites more people to become enemies of the US.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  420. Sam

    Does the death penalty discourage capital crime? At least every study I've ever read has concluded 'no'. I think the same logic applies here – just can't imagine that any person(s) who intends to commit an act of terror sits down to contemplate the possible harm to themselves should they be captured. Such people are beyond normal thinking, and although it's not an easy path to take (for fear that we miss the opportunity to extract life saving intel), I believe it's the right decision. One hopes and prays that such ideas become less important as a new level of global engagement reduces the likelihood others will want to bring harm to us and our way of life...call me an optimist!

    Sam – Toronto, Ontario

    January 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  421. john ...... marlton. nj

    I don't think torture was ever meant to be or used as a detorant. If anything, torture made more enemies, not less.

    Gitmo and torture elsewhere is but a reflection weak minded interrorgators compensating for their diminished capacity.

    If a true detorant is really needed then we can just kill the extended families of real terrorists. - How's your stomach feel now?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  422. terry

    Terrorists have a easier time recruiting and justifying acts against the us when the us is seen to be hypocritical and overly aggressive, by having a positive world opinion makes it much harder for extremists to justify their position and recruiting new members. Bush squandered world support after 9-11 making more enemies and throwing the world into disarray. We didnt need tourture during ww2 etc so why start now?
    I think Obama is off to a great start.
    Vancouver Canada

    January 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  423. teresa, college park.ga

    No, because the bible says treat others as you would like to be treated. Haven't the united states learned anything yet? Remember vietnam., 911. Prayer changes everything. Remember you get more bees with honey than vinegar.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  424. John

    Yes, an invitation to a higher moral plain. We will treat you as equals, let's talk.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  425. Fernando Diaz 20 yrs old Glendale Ca

    Although it might invite enemies to consider it, the new president sent a strong message on inaguration day that enemies will and must be defeated. More than anything, I think it sends a strong messageto the international community that we are leading by example and that there is a new era of morals and ethics brought forth by the new administration. Its difficult to judge terrorist as "unethical and "immoral" when our previous administration executed many of the terrorist's same acts

    January 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  426. Joe Maio

    Yes it does send a message. Suicide bombers and those who fly planes into buildings will not feel free to attack us because we can’t torture them.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  427. CJ

    Whether or not “enhanced interrogation techniques” are used will not change the desire of our terrorist enemies to inflict harm on our citizens and our way of life. What it does affect is the ability to get information from the captured terrorists. Without that information our government may not be able to prevent future terrorist events that have been in the planning stages for weeks, months and sometimes years. Without the fear of undesirable punishment, terrorists will not give up the information. Can our country afford that?

    Chicago, IL

    January 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  428. Lew Cox

    After deploying to Iraq three times and risking life and limb to get the Mission done...there should be no one left to interrogate after a fire fight. Soldiers shoot to kill, not wound.
    A lot of tax payer money would be saved if with out the added mouths of POW's to feed. Thats more money for me and my soldiers to have the proper equiptment to engage the enemy.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  429. Jeremy Vernon

    Our enemies do not need an invitation. Remember 9/11?
    Los Angeles

    January 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  430. ishok

    No. Actually by closing Guantanamo we're basically just getting back to where we should have been all along. This was a failed policy from the start. A policy from which we lost more than we ever gained. Where's the great cache of useful information gained as a result of these techniques?
    The "proof in the pudding" is that Bin laden is still out there...making tapes and sending messages.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  431. Tom Olson

    The past practise of Bush/Cheney caused more hatred towards the US then in any other time in our history. Thank God for our new President taking this head on. This will send the right message.
    I'm glad the two bad cowboys are back at the ranch where they belong.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  432. Lou

    Every time we violated our own law, our own policies and our own moral code as a nation over the last seven years, by torturing prisioners, we handed our enemies, as well as inernational terrorism, a tactical victory. We played into their hands, slowly destroying the fabric of our democracy, brutalizing ourselves as a nation and as a society, and putting ourselves on the same level as those we battled.

    Respecting human rights is a way we will ensure we have a strategy of moral superiority over the enemy. Together with a strong diplomatic effort and our military, we will prevail.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  433. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    You can catch more flies with honey, I think is how the saying goes. There is a former interrogater who wrote a book about befriending some of the Al-Qaida and getting information and he told Gen. Petraeous who talked to the Imam who then started the Sunni Awakening. A little compassion, respect and communication can go a long long way–definitely alot farther than torture which is great recruiting tool for extremists.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  434. Luke

    I don't think so. They say desperate times require desperate measures. Nonsense. These tactics have done nothing but promote the hypocrasy of our intent to "spread liberty" throughout the Middle East. Torturing and demeaning our enemies only enflames them and gives them further rationale to torture OUR captured men and women in uniform.

    Besides this, no credible information can be gained from torture. If you were to make me stand freezing for 40 hours straight and then follow that up by making me feel as if I were about to drown, I'd tell you Bin Laden works at a Target in Des Moines if that would make it stop. This is a good first step.

    Boston, MA

    January 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  435. Lorene from Georgia

    No it will not. We are a christian and civilized country. We should never engage in such barbaric and inhurmane techniques.
    We are supposed to be the most intelligent people in the world and our intelligence the best in the world. So I know that WE can facilitate means by which we can get whatever information we need out of suspects. Interrogation does not have be done in these cruel ways to obtain credible information. Don't WE hold the leading edge in the use of psychology? Try using some of our best psychological specailist to give advice to go alone with the army's interrogation manual.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  436. Zee

    No. I think continuing and encouraging such “enhanced” interrogation is in fact what aggravates other countries –thus making our chances of getting attacked by the enemies even higher. By forbidding the horrific acts of interrogation we (the United States) are sending an image to the world that we do not tolerate torture and we are in fact advocates of peace amongst all.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  437. david

    We are trying to set an example so the rest of the World follows suit. I think it's a risk but if this goes down the way the new administration is planning it, it could be a great start to better relations with past and present enemies. Change is hard but is it better to have tried and failed or not tried at all.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  438. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    Yes, eliminating torture on our enemy prisoners does send a message, a positive one. If the enemy knows they will be interrodated that's OK, since it likly would insure our soldiers be treated in a somewhat civil manner if they are captured. I still think Bush, himself should be tried for crimes against humanity since he seemed to like waterboarding. All in All this is a positive step in the right direction for the members of the US armed forces

    January 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  439. Tamisha

    Whether or not it does have nothing to do with the fact that torturing another is wrong, not because they do it we should! We must always try to be the bigger person, by not stooping to their level. The father says that vengance is his! not ours. Let us not take the low road to winning the war, but instead take the high one and that includes forgiving our enemies, do good to them that curse us. I know it is hard, but it is what the bible dictates!

    I am in Ohio

    January 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  440. Ken

    Absolutely! Terrorists laugh at the fact that, when all else fails, (or they get caught) they can be secure in the fact that they will be protected by the laws of the U.S. U.S. laws are applicable to U.S. citizens! Enemies of the U.S. should be subject to different laws. The body law that protect U.S. citizens was paid for, in some cases in blood, by U.S. citizens. It’s time to change the laws that apply to non-citizens who choose to threaten the freedom and security of these great United States.

    Ken from Florida

    January 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  441. Zee

    No. I think continuing and encouraging such “enhanced” interrogation is in fact what aggravates other countries –thus making our chances of getting attacked by the enemies even higher. By forbidding the horrific acts of interrogation we (the United States) are sending an image to the world that we do not tolerate torture and we are in fact advocates of peace amongst all.

    -San Diego, CA

    January 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  442. Larry D.


    The bush administration loved torturing others including the american people. Obama is doing great that he signed a bill to close gitmo and stop torture period, this sends a bad signal to the world that we are bad americans and we torture which is false we are friendly people here in america we should not torture anyone not even prisoners of war. Obama is already looking like he will make one hell of a president he already is reversing bushes policies this is a great sign that our nation will move forward in a new direction.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  443. Ralph Spyer

    Torture is a very humiliating experience. The goal is not to obtain information but to punish and break you so that you won:t do anything against the authorities You are made an example to others so that they will be too terrified to do anything ether.[ Isabel Allende] The CIA help to kill her father.What comes around goes around,a eye for a eye we would become like Palestine and Israeli ,blind.They will never see the light of peace

    January 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  444. Gery Bracy, Mesa, AZ

    Absolutely not! I believe that these former enhanced interrogation/ torture tactics actually gave an excuse for other violent entities to do more of this themselves and to retaliate against the U.S. making us less safe and gave more reason to target this country, legitimately in some peoples minds. We were not participating in world agreed upon treatment of detainees, that is just wrong. I believe these new policies will make us safer here at home and make the world a safer place by setting a human rights standard to follow. How can we expect other nations to treat people with humane treatment if we are not willing to ourselves. The U.S. being a world bully has only created more violence and I am so grateful to see these policies changed. They were dangerously bad policy.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  445. Tom Burton

    It doesn't matter if it sends an invitation to our enemies. Decency is a core strength of our nation and no threat is worth our national soul.

    Our forefathers faced genocidal and murderous enemies time and again and conquered them all with the strength of moral clarity and in defense of the meek. In war after war, US soldiers, sailors and airmen were welcomed as emancipators precisely because they represented and defended decency against enemies who compromised morality to the security of their state.

    Doing the right thing is never easy. I am happy our leadership has restored traditional American values.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  446. George M

    Terrorism is evil. Torure is a form of terrorism. Terrorism must be vanished from earth

    January 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  447. tim

    the gitmo trash has it good down there. I think it is such a joke that people spend so much time careing about the scum of the earth and dont spend a second thinking about the people in american prisons geting raped,murdered, stabed, extorted, familys intimidated, overcrowded, substandard medical treatment, bad lawyers, and of course the shady prison gaurds. The people on this site should hang there heads in shame you care about the gitmo crew so much but you care about your fellow americans so little fight for the guy serving 10 years for haveing a crack rock not some joke that gets treated in a better way then your brothers and sisters. You guys are clowns.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  448. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Just like banning capital punishment doesn't invite psychopaths, banning torture does not invite enemies (especially since it is already illegal).

    What does invite enemies it the slaughter of innocent peoples in the Middle East. It is by far the most effective recruitment tool in use today.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  449. Arnold J. Jordan

    The Bush administration subscribed to the Jack Bauer (of 24 fame) School of Interrogation Techniques, where the end justifies the means, with no limitations on the means. This makes good theatre and I do enjoy Jack Bauers character on TV, but In reality, there is something intrinsically wrong with that picture and my soul recognizes that, as does our new President.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  450. Dawn in Kansas

    When an enemy combatant is engaged in warfare with us, would you not expect our military to not fire and kill the enemy? Torture is less of an offense than killing an enemy. Why should others not expect the U.S. to do what was necessary to protect us from death and destruction? While we want to show positive leadership, our leaders should remember that our enemies do not live by our rules. There are times when enhanced interrogation may be necessary and our enemies should not believe that we will give them individual rights over the safety of many.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  451. Neatha from Kansas City

    Don't be silly Jack, just like the death penalty does not deter serial killers, torture will not deter terriorist. It is not like they chose which countries to attack based on their policies on torture. However, I think if we always take the high road, we will always be better than those that do not.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  452. dennis virginia

    Serving them a Cup of Starbucks coffee and Krisp Kreme donuts would probably get better results while they behead american citizens

    Everyone has forgotten 911

    January 22, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  453. Carolyn Highland

    Jack, we are not living in the Middle Ages. The Barbarian forms of torture mentioned in your newscast are appalling. Have we not evolved at all? America must set an example for the rest of the world. I do not believe that stopping torure will increase violence toward America. Terrorists will either strike or they won't. We need to gain the respect and dignity that America lost during the past eight years. Torture is similar to spanking a child while telling them that hitting is wrong. It makes us not much better than terrorists ourselves. We need to be better than that. We ARE better than that.
    Carolyn Highland
    Nelsonville, Ohio

    January 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  454. George Ferdinand

    Torture is wrong and waterboarding is torture. America and
    Americans are better than that. We don't need to treat prisoners, like
    our enemies may treat American prisoners.
    But that does not invite our enemies, what invites our enemies with regards to this issue is that we Americans are infadels and when we stand or stay on there land in the Middle East it is unacceptable and worthy of death to these enemies.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  455. Dave

    Don H – Awesome comments.
    Terrorists didn't attack us because we did not torture the terrorist captives before 911 nor did they stop their attacks because we began limited torture. It was progressive intelligence, not torture, that prempted attacks near Ft. Bragg, in England, and other countries. But why stop there? Active health and employment assistance, reduction in corruption; not occupation, will limit future numbers of jihadists. We are not a nation of thugs and we can be better than we have been.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  456. Mark from New Jersey

    They should still be scared. Bush said that "wiretapping requires a court order" and without it he apparently wiretapped the media. So its nice to have laws, but we have to prove that we obey them. I love my coiuntry, buy I will always fear the government. It will take awhile, at least eight years, for me to feel otherwise.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  457. Roxanne

    We will always have enemies. Torture is not what The US is about. We are better than that.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  458. mike in montana

    No Jack. Torture produces more enemies and false intelligence. It made Kalid Sheik Mohamid's testimony worthless.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  459. Melinda Taylor

    My feelings is President Obama is already doing what is right. The torture in Gitmo. has always been in my opinion, Wrong. It puts America in the same category as the terrorist, Hitler, Hussein, and anyone else that portrays the ultimate evil act's. We do not have to stoop so low as to be like horrible terriorist ourselves. I can't believe the people carrying out the torture not only are suppose to be representing us as American's nor can sleep at night. Thank you for allowing me to comment. Melinda T.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  460. Chuck Anschutz

    We should stop guessing at what would invite terrorism and start living up to our ideals. Certainly torturing and tormenting a fellow human being – no matter how evil and beastly that person is characterized – is beneath our dignity.

    "Nothing to fear..." and all that..
    What happened to us?


    January 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  461. Clarence Smith

    I Love and I am inspired by my President Barack Obama. But I have grave concerns where he stop or out law tourcher . My concerns are if we were to have a person in custody and it is KNOWN by our Intelligence agencies, that this person has information regarding a similar attack on the US such as 911. And I mean a Clear and Present Danger! Not using forms of tourcher or being prevented from doing so, is unimaginable. Unimaginable that our Commander and Chief would not use any and all means to protect and Defend our Country, Us we the people, The United States of America!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  462. Allen Abdul

    NOT AT ALL, Torture is a terrorist tactic which has been employed by Saddam Husain, George Bush, and Adolph Hitler, just to name a few. It is embarrasing to me as an American that my country has done this for the past 7 year. President Obama has chosen to fight terrorism arround the world and end it everywhere starting right here in the United States of America. I wish to be the first to call for support for the re-election of President Obama in 4 years. Thanks Jack for asking the right questions... Aloha

    January 22, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  463. Linda Lopez

    I applaud President Obama. If anything, waterboarding, and similar torture techniques, may produce false confessions. Wouldn't you confess to just about anything if you thought you were being drowned to death? I read that the U.S. was paying Iraqis if they turned terrorists in. There may be innocent men at Guantanamo who were disliked by their neighbor or distant relative and were turned in for the $1000. reward.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  464. Gery Bracy, Mesa, AZ

    I agree with Lou!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  465. j/NJ

    Does forbidding so-called “enhanced” interrogation techniques send an invitation to enemies of the United States?

    Forbidding the practice of torture as a matter of policy may or may not influence the treatment of prisoners in other countries, hopefully it will but whether it does or not the Obama administration's objective is to make the international community aware that the American people support humanitarian treatment in all military circumstances...clearly this directive is long overdue...

    January 22, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  466. D. Texas

    NO !!!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  467. M.-J Taylor

    No, it doesn't. It sends the message that we keep our word. We did agree to uphold the Geneva Convention, did we not?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  468. JayW in Austin

    No, it doesn't. But of more importance, if we keep enhanced techniques that go against the ethics and morality this country has always stood for, then it will drive our friends away.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  469. Kathryn, Santa Barbara, CA

    For me, Jack, the message from the USA now is: "We're tough. We will defend our country. We will ally with other countries to ensure the peace and safety of all the citizens in this world – BUT we will not be criminals."

    Brilliant Obama.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  470. Ariel, Virginia


    As retired military, I think some of these people need to be on trial for war crimes and others send back to their countries. After War World II some of the Nazi were on trial for war crimes and others set free. As leaders of a Free Country we should set the example and remember that we are bound by the Geneva Convention. We cannot send somebody to prison and through the key away. We need to set the example for other countries to follow, even if we like it or not. It's the Law!

    Thank You!

    January 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  471. tim

    It seems many people on this blog often preach how many bad people it makes when we water board have any of you ever seen an actual study on that? ever heard a bunch of these guys say americans waterboard thats why i want to blow you up. No of course not they say we do not follow the koran, they say we are are crusaiders and jews and the way we live our lives makse us infidels. I have never seen a study, a person, an ounce of evidence that this is true just talk. So if we are realy nice to them they will love us come on guys no matter what we are the infidel. Prior to 9/11 when there was no torture you guys had a different argument of why we were asking for attacks. Could it be that yall are a bunch of haters who will cling to any negative information that hurts the U.S.A and turn your back on any info that supports a different theory. They hate us guys when they declared war on us in th 90's they hated us, today they hate us, And gitmo, afghanistan, whatever you want s not gonna change that. Can you handle that? Can you handle the fact that alot of people are going to hate you forever? i dont think you can. that is why you have to blame everything on everybody else you cant handle the enemy hates you no matter what and you cant change it.

    January 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  472. Phoenix

    Not only will it not attract terrorists, I will stop the creation of them. Young terrorists are being brought up with the horrific images of torture by the US. Let us maybe follow the found law of our land: the constitution. Thankfully we now have a president and an admin that does not see the constituion as a pesky hinderance.

    Poway, CA

    January 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  473. Rob Strasser

    Anyone that has made the decision to inflict harm upon the US is certainly not going to be deterred by GITMO closing.

    It's not like we are going to send them to a country club instead.

    Where is everyone's sense of humanity and integrity to rise above the evil doers?

    January 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  474. Mark Vineyard

    Dear Jack,

    When it comes to human rights we must seek the high ground regardless of what our enemies may due. Have we not learned anything from Dr. Martin Luther King? When if comes to conquering your enemies let us always leave the battlefield with honor. As Dr. Martin Luther King once said it’s better to walk with pride than ride in shame.
    Honestly is a tortured man telling you the truth or just what ever he thinks will stop the torture.
    I hope we as a Nation will grow up put torture behind us.

    Mark Vineyard
    Clarendon Hills, Illinois

    January 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  475. tim

    I think we should torture all people in the taiban. If only the people on this bolg had any compassinon for the victims of real toture you knoe the children who get blown to pieces or the little girls burned in the recent acid attack of course you dont. Maybe the gentleman who wrote hitler, and bush torture should add one more to the list the sickest most discraceful bunch of people on earth the ones who kill babies to make a point that would be terrorists not our friends our enemy.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  476. Gloria

    our enemies today leave their homes knowing they will not live to go back. They come here to kill and to be killed, and are not concern about being tortured and or captured. To them we are the enemy.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  477. Mark in San Diego

    No need to waterboard as long as there's nothing preventing us from subjecting detainees to a long conversation with Sarah Palin!

    January 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  478. Mick

    What a joke. This Obama Cat is going to make Bush look like, George Washington. This is not what I voted for. I feel extremely unsafe and he's only been in office 3 days. Maybe I should have not voted at all???

    January 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  479. paul

    The whole point is not to deter terrorism. Torture is meant to gain useful information. If you are not a terrorist, you have nothing to fear

    January 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  480. Scully

    If it is true, as some posters allege, that waterboarding was so rarely used, then stopping its use really won't make much difference in gathering intelligence, will it?

    January 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  481. Don Mars in Maryland

    Jack, what was it called when people were beheaded by Muslim extremists and put on the internet? I'm afraid that our military will be seen as pansies and that's going to have us pushing up daises.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  482. Jerry Simoneaux

    I wonder if Jane from Wisconsin would change her mind about President Obama's policy if SHE were accused of being a terrorist. Perhaps we should grandfather her into Gitmo, use enhanced interrogation on her to compel a confession, and not provide her with a lawyer or give her the benefit being presumed innocent until proven guilty. What's good for the goose...

    January 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  483. Frank

    I'm sorry - are you suggesting that Al Qaeda has signed the Geneva Convention?!?!?!?!?!

    January 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  484. Cyndi, NY

    funny, but if the only way we can secure our country is to act no better than these murdering terrorists, then what exactly have we achieved as a nation?

    Real intelligence work doesn't need such illegal brutality. Our military have been defeating enemies without violating the Geneva Convention, we should take a page out of their tactics.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  485. Mobius

    I suggest we ask the families of the 9/11 victims how THEY feel about torturing terrorists for information. I bet you'd get a whole different viewpoint.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  486. Charlotte

    From everything I have heard, "enhanced interrogation techniques" (a.k.a. torture) does not actually yield any useful additional information that has not been obtained in conventional methods and in fact tends to yield unreliable information provided by detainees who will say whatever they think the interrogator wants to hear. Cessation of these methods won't invite terrorists to be even badder, but it will garner us the international respect and stature we have lost once it came out that the United States was engaging in this kind of immoral behavior. More respect from our allies = more cooperation in fighting terror.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  487. joe

    Being a Viet-Nam veteran, I've been there, seen it, & done it. The quality with how torture is applied to an individual over a period of time will vary. To question if forbidding so called "enhanced" interogations techniques send a invitation to enemies of the U.S. is strickly compounded by many factors. As an example; Informing, or any other action endangering the well-being of a fellow prisoner, is forbidden, yet, prisoners of war will not help through "enhanced" interogations by identifying those prisoners who may have knowledge of particular value to our military, & who may, therefore, be made to suffer brutal interrogations. Lets put it into perspective. Our enemies will torture our troops & our military will do the same, yet with more humanity. The enemy will brutalize, to relinquish certain information, & possibly cause death at some point. Interogations are a part of war. We will never really know how "enhanced" interogations are conducted. All I know is to extract information is to benifit the security of the U.S. & it's allies. God only knows what really goes on in war.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  488. Jeff

    Fighting a terrorist group is hard. But we are not only fighting a terrorist group, but we are fighting an ideology. We can not do anything to deter anyone who believes so deeply in what they are doing that they will die for it. All we can do is to try and stop them before they can do anything, and put them behind bars. Torture is not the answer.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  489. Shirley

    It does not invite more terrorism, in fact, before the tactics were in place in 2002, wasn't terrorism at it's height on 9/11 in 2001? The torturing tactics held by our country or any country is never beneficial to anyone. Do you really believe that any dead hard fanatic is going to give it up? If you do believe that torture exhalts results, then why isn't Osama Bin Laden in jail?

    January 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  490. Jenn

    "Enhanced interrogation"... oh PLEASE! Funny how we had "enhanced interrogation" and pretty much a hated nation and we were NOT attacked. A "loved or envious" nation and we are attacked.... thinking im taking the "im not gonna take your crap" nation and stand up like you actually care about the United States.

    Do you really think any other nation would care if they were being attacked if they had "enhanced interrogation"?

    Give me a break...

    January 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  491. Bud

    If any American lives are lost because of Obama's
    policies will the family members be able to hold him
    and you people in the news media criminally responsible
    or will they only be able to hold you personally responsible.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  492. Lizabeth in Southlake TX

    I think it says the U.S. is finally going to abide by the Rules of the Geneva Convention just like we expect all other countries to do.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  493. Jonscott Williams

    I think the only "invitation" it sends is, if they want peace, to sit down with us and talk. More important, is what it says:

    "We are not afraid, we are a nation of laws. What we stand for is more important than your threats or actions. We will defend ourselves with all we have, but we will do so without bringing shame or dishonor to ourselves or our nation."

    January 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  494. chris

    Larry from Oregon writes:
    You have the question backwards. Enhanced interrogation invites terrorist extremists. Trying to say that we torture as a deterrent is just plain stupid. That’s like saying the death penalty is a deterrent to murder. People who commit murder don’t think about possible punishment at the time they commit the crime, they assume they will get away with it or they wouldn’t commit it in the first place.

    the death penalty was never meant to be a deterrent, it was meant to be a consequence of ones actions. As you stated if you're going to kill someone even if you know the consequences; then you're going to do it and then we can deal with that person for breaking the law.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  495. Matt

    It won't invite any attacks any more than already would occur. I actually think that it would serve to cut back on the radicalization of some of the disenchanted youth in foreign countries. We saw Saddam as vicious and inhumane because he used torture, why should we be viewed any differently if we use some of the same techniques? One must also include torture used during rendition. If we are handing captives over to foreign governments in order to use torture that we officially 'don't endorse,' we are even worse than the torturers because we know what is happening, are the ones who allow it to happen, but also want the self-righteousness of having our hands clean of it.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  496. sdbaja

    Unfortunately,,our enemies do not play by the same playbook. The problem really is, that the US does not advertise the atrocities that these other countries/regimes/leaders love to inflict on their people. Beyond that,,,how many thousands/millons of deaths of people in the west are you willing to accept because we are no longer willing to ask the "tough" questions of terrorists or harborers of terrorists? I myself am not too willing..

    January 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  497. Rob from MA

    We're proving to the world that we're willing to follow our own laws. Will some people be emboldened by this? Probably. But stopping torture does NOT mean the U.S. will be any weaker. Like President Obama said, we're taking back the moral high ground.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  498. Terry


    Water boarding = Torture

    Decapitation = Death

    Each political season our supossed leaders RE FOCUS to be politically correct and NEVER fix the problem....

    I say Terrorist have no rights, they are not combatants....
    Everyone needs to suck it up and help put an end to this BS

    January 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  499. Mark

    To Jane from Wisconsin: last I checked that "liberal congressman" from Arizona, John McCain came out and supported Obama's decision to shut down Gitmo. He would have done the same thing if he was elected President. This is not a liberal or conservative issue, this is a human being issue. Stop polticizing a human rights issue with your ideology.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  500. Pritha Sridharan

    Terrorists do not wait for invitations to perpetrate attacks on the US or any other country for that matter. The Army guide still gives the military a lot of room to use other tactics, but torturing prisoners when we don't have any other evidence only shows lack of good investigation on our part. Eliminating these torture techniques does not make the US more susceptible to attacks, it makes us accountable to the accusations we bring forth to those we imprison without evidence.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  501. Paul from NJ

    We need to set the example. How can we condemn mis-treatment of our own if we are just as bad? How can we protest violation of Human Rights throughout the world if we do not honor those rights ourselves?

    Are you proud of Abu Garaib? Gitmo?

    Just because our enemies practice evil does not justify our actions under the Bush Administration.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  502. arval

    The issue is how we classify the terrorist. If they are confirmed as terrorist then to get the information for them using normal legal process would not get us anywhere.

    We need a special law to deal with terrorist

    January 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  503. Chris Richards

    To Gigi from Alamaba,
    Before you go saying that the Geneva Convention should always be adhered to, you might want to check the actual document. The terrorist at Guantanamo Bay in no way, shape, or form, meet the 14 points outlined in the document to receive its protection.
    There is a reason that document should not protect them, and it is because they DO NOT legally qualify for its protection.

    What you meant to say is that even though those terrorists don't qualify, they should be treated like they do anyway.
    And that's a joke.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  504. pa for obama

    This is our best chance in a long time to restore our image and standing in the world. President Obama's decision is the right one, absolutely.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  505. Rob

    It will certainly make it harder to get information from the detainees. But I don't think it'll make any other militant group hate us anymore or any less. When you hate someone as much as they do, its almost impossible to raise the bar mentally so instead they attempt to raise the bar physically.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  506. Elverage Allen

    The so-called "Hard Liner's" on enhanced” interrogation techniques fail to realize that what we do can be done to our soldiers if captured. If we don't want our troops subjected to these "techniques", then we shouldn't use them on others. The primary question is this; Does the United States stand by its principles or not? We don't torture people-Period.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  507. Honor Johnson

    The United States should be tired of trying to police the world. I think Obama is right.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  508. ken

    Geneva does not apply to them they are non-combatants. Geneva is for soldiers in state sponsored armies who wear their uniform. It is not an invitation but it is a show of weakness. There is a great line in the movie the seige. the quote is"the most commited wins" we just became the less commited.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  509. Matt-Los Angeles

    Of course it doesnt invite enemies. President Obama is incapable of error. His actions are beyond reproach and soon he will part the waters of the Caribbean and all radical extremists will drop their weapons and go to Starbucks for a latte.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  510. Wally

    Are there other techniques we use that are not considered as torture AND are affective? Like administering drugs? I think Jack Bauer should interrogate anyone that "looks" like a terrorist.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  511. Rachel

    I think Obama has the right idea. If you live by the sword you will die by the sword. I think diplomacy has never hurt anyone and I think our enemies will soon realize that the are the barbarians not us. All the countries I believe will have more respect for us in the long run.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  512. A.B. Smith


    Their Invitation is their Idiocracy...

    January 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  513. Matt

    Two other points: 1) Anyone who hasn't been water-boarded has no business saying that it isn't torture. If you haven't seen it you can see clips on youtube.

    2) Water-boarding is not the only torture technique that we use or that we ask other countries to use for us. With rendition to some countries there is no limitation to what can be done. Also, a number of detainees at Abu Graib and elsewhere have died because of officially certified techniques that have been endorsed by our government. That's stone-cold murder, not just torture. And that's even without going all Spanish Inquisition.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  514. NW Connecticut

    Here is the BIG question; if terrorists hit New York City again, how would Barack Obama act compared with G.W. Bush?

    January 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  515. Mosharraf

    We should treat any prisoners the way we like to be treated in case of any unfortunate capture/arrest of our citizens abroad. Moreover, extreme interrogation tactics may result wrong/biased intelligence info upon which we shouldn't depend on. Invading Iraq is one example whereas we started the war because they had WMD which later found not true; but, unfortunately over 3,000 of our brave soldiers gave their life over this; not to mention billions of dollars we spent and now we are in a recession.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  516. Colin

    Fact is, "enhanced interrogation techniques" are notoriously INeffective at providing useful info anyway, as a person who is being tortured will say anything to end the agony. This is well known in the world of intelligence. So torture is not only inhumane, it is also ineffective. It does not protect us. The question is, then, why do it? Is it nothing more than a tough-talking point?

    January 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  517. CKG

    You all have to ask yourself one question. If one of your loved ones was being held captive and the only way to find out where they are would be to get that info out of an al Qaeda terrorist...would you do what it takes to get that info? I would. If you answer "no" then I would not want to be related to you. Ask yourself that question and see if you answer "Yes, I would torture them to rescue that person."

    January 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  518. doug

    Listen, these tactics are not used for punishment, as many posters allege, but rather as an attempt to gather information about their activities, cohorts, and future plans. A severe blow has been leveled to America's security.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  519. Kate O'Leary

    YES – I voted for Obama because the thought of Palin in the White House almost gave me a stroke. However over the past 48 hours I have been scared by what I have seen – closing guatanamo – banning enhanced interrogations and closing black sites – if I was a terrorist I would be rejoicing for I believe I would feel as if I had won.

    We are in a war with no rules – when your enemy plays without rules the ONLY way to win is to be willing to look into the darkness and then do what is necessary.

    It will be interesting to see how Obama responds when we are attacked and we will be – I hope that he can rise to the occassion and realize that while we all may want to live in a utopian society where there is no war, no famine, no greed however that is NOT our reality nor will it ever be In order to protect the closest thing we will ever get to utopia we must have the courage, strength and fortitude to FIGHT for democracy.

    Kate O'Leary
    Richmond, Virginia

    January 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  520. Jill

    Of course not. George W sent the world an open invitation to be our enemies years ago, and when the world asked us not to go to war with Iraq, W turned a deaf ear to the world.

    You know, the world's a really big place and to be hated by the majority of the world, really sucks. Thanks W, if the world can forgive the people of the USA, then maybe we the people can learn to forgive you.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  521. Allison

    We as a nation, especially a nation that is looked upon by the rest of the world, have to set an example. How would it look to other nations to see that a country like ours has little other recourse than to take a prisoner and torture them to get information.
    Besides, not to steal a line out of "Rendition", but how many times can we say that there has been true intelligence gathered from torturing a person? At least in comparison to gathering intelligence from more reliable means.

    Canton, Ohio

    January 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  522. larry

    Jack...Thepoint of interrogation is not to deter or commit any other political act. IT IS TO GET INFORMATION.......
    These are extremists....they kill thmselves to blow up a hundred innocent people to make a point. If we have to resort to extreme interrogation to get information that saves some innocent people or some of our servicemen......So be it......

    January 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  523. dave

    the message being conveyed isn't geared towards the hardcore fanatics as much as it is towards the millions that fall under their rule. If our message and actions are consistantly viewed as not only correct but honorable – those millions will make the necessary changes in their countries. We are now at an inflection point in history.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  524. Mathew Johnston

    Does not executing every terror suspect invite U.S. enemies? Sort of an irrelevant question – even if it works (which is debatable), it's not right.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  525. Frank


    Do you think you that by pouring a bucket of water over their head will damage the emotional state of a group of people that saw off the heads of women??????

    What the CIA did to them PALES in comparison to what they do to each other. They LAUGH at us – they think we are wimps as it is.

    Now they have nothing to fear from us -– we might as well threaten them with a pillow fight against Paris Hilton.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  526. Frank

    Torture is not the answer...We should make them do time out...Take their TV and Ipods away from them while they are captive and make them stand in a corner...! GEEEEZEEEEE! I understand that torture does not always make people give the correct answer, but it helps...And then on the other hand, if God wanted us to torture people, he would have made our hands look like pliers....I'm telling you when Americans are at risk, then you do what you have to do,,, PERIOD...

    January 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  527. Sean

    Torture is never acceptable, and cannot be a substitute for effective intelligence. Our war is not a military one...it is an underground one with a hidden enemy.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  528. J Freeman

    It deeply saddens me as an American how easily we forget the immediate feelings we ALL had when two buildings fell, regular citizens wrestled down terrorists on an airline to save others, and in hours 3000 innocent Americans died - each one could have been us or our families.

    We may shun and all disagree over Iraq, but it is known fact, that there are at least "some" of those held at Gitmo responsible. In a country that seeks truth for example, I am further saddened on how modern marketing addiction supersedes our more genuine pursuit of truth. Truth was sought for Iraq (and WMD's), then why is it not for the truly guilty at Gitmo.

    I support Obama 100%, as he seeks effective action. But I am so dismayed at Americans who just pretend power and defense of freedoms and security should too be all "happy joy, with sugar on top". Yes the previous administration made mistakes to the message it sent the world, but in each of our own denial or pain in thinking about 911, we must all be responsible enough, and mature enough to seek the middle ground, in a world whereby OJ Simpson gets more attention, then the prosecution or execution of those who killed 3000 innocent people on our soil.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  529. Gary

    Let us remember that the presidency and legacy of George W. Bush was defined the morning of September 11th. Let us pray that the presidency and legacy of Barack H. Obama does not have to be defined by outside factors, but by the good deeds and intentions of the man. President Bush was a good man with good intentions. I'm proud that he was at the helm on that morning of September 11th.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  530. Barry Shea

    Torture is the least effective method of interrogation. And in the end, you just create even more hatred and anger against you, which will then include all those associated with the tortured person, such as family, relatives, friends, and colleagues.

    And God forbid you torture an innocent person.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  531. mark

    somehow i see bush wagging his finger at the little terrorists, but i see obama brushing them off his jacket like dust.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  532. Colin

    The question itself is a bit ridiculous. How could it be that our putting a stop to torture, complying with international law and the geneva convention and following an ethical and moral direction is an invitation to our enemies? It is reversing the insane course that the Bush administration set us on. Civilized societies don't torture or abuse prisoners for any reason period. There is no excuse or justification. It does not make us safer, stronger, better or anything else. It is criminal. Nothing more. Obama could not adhere to his oath of office without issues such orders. Bush committed an act of treason by advocating such behavior. I hope the new president puts a stop to more of the insanity of the last 4 years and chooses not to create any more.

    January 22, 2009 at 6:17 pm |