(Washington, D.C., Friday, February 19, 2016) - With a number of Presidential candidates voicing support of torture methods, including waterboarding, over 40 retired military leaders released the following statement to remind Americans that torture is illegal, counterproductive, and detrimental to national security.
Lawful, rapport-based interrogation techniques continue to be the most effective way to elicit actionable intelligence. Worse than unnecessary, torture is counterproductive and makes Americans less safe by increasing the risks to our troops, hindering cooperation with allies, alienating populations whose support the United Statesâ€™ needs in the struggle against terrorism, and providing a propaganda tool for extremists who wish to do the country harm.
Mark Fallon, former NCIS Deputy Assistant Director, and General Charles C. Krulak, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, explain that torture does not work now and never will.
FALLON SOUNDBITE #1:
AS SOMEONE WHO LED THE TASK FORCE TO BRING AL QAEDA MEMBERS TO JUSTICE IMMEDIATELY AFTER NINE-ELEVEN, I KNOW THAT TORTURE SIMPLY DOESNâ€™T WORK FOR GAINING ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE. IN FACT, IT IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND MAKES OUR COUNTRY LESS SAFE.
KRULAK SOUNDBITE #2:
TORTURE IS NOT WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN MAJORITY IN THE SENATE VOTED TO REAFFIRM THE BAN ON TORTURE LAST YEAR, AND TOP NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERS AND MY FELLOW GENERALS AND ADMIRALS KNOW THAT TORTURE DOES IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO OUR NATION.