Who ya gonna believe? Bush or the military? Here's the president yesterday:
I can say that questioning the detainees in this program has given us information that has saved innocent lives by helping us stop new attacks -- here in the United States and across the world. Today, I'm going to share with you some of the examples provided by our intelligence community of how this program has saved lives; why it remains vital to the security of the United States, and our friends and allies; and why it deserves the support of the United States Congress and the American people.
And here's Lt. Gen. John Kimmons, the Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence, also yesterday:
"No good intelligence is going to come from abusive practices. I think history tells us that. I think the empirical evidence of the past five years, hard years, tells us that." He argued that "any piece of intelligence which is obtained under duress through the use of abusive techniques would be of questionable credibility." And Kimmons conceded that bad P.R. about abuse could work against the United States in the war on terror. "It would do more harm than good when it inevitably became known that abusive practices were used," Kimmons said. "We can't afford to go there."
The military JAGs are united in believing that the military justice system can easily cope with al Qaeda. Moreover, the fairness of the system will ensure that al Qaeda's worst will be publicly tried and the world will trust the process. If they are tried under Bush's rules, no one will trust the trial, we will forgo a massive propaganda victory in the war, and the p.r. coup goes to the enemy. How much will this president sacrifice in this war to save his own disgraced face?
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