Burkle Fellow Matthew Alexander discusses GOP support of torture as an interrogation technique on MSNBC's PoliticsNation
Former Military Interrogator Matthew Alexander: Contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination have indicated that they would use torture for interrogation, but that technique is ineffective and even counterproductive.
Published: Monday, November 14, 2011
Excerpt from MSNBC transcript:
"President Barack Obama has stated that 'waterboarding is torture' and contrary to American ideals. But contenders for the 2012 Republication presidential nomination, including Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, have indicated that they will revive the harsh interrogation techniques of the Bush era. They cite the effectiveness of torture in obtaining valuable information. Matthew Alexander, a former senior military interrogator in Iraq, discusses this topic with Al Sharpton on MSNBC's PoliticsNation. 'In fact, the evidence against waterboarding is very simply put in the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 plot, who was waterboarded 183 times, and then lied to his interrogators,' Alexander says. 'That's just one example of the many in which torture did not work, and it instead actually slowed down our ability to conduct operations.' "