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National Security Experts on Torture Report

National security and interrogation experts agree: torture is ineffective, counterproductive, illegal, and immoral. That’s why they advocated tirelessly for the public release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on the post-9/11 torture program. For months leading up the report’s release, retired military leaders shared their views with Congress and the Administration about what torture had cost our nation. While former interrogators came together in Washington D.C. to meet with congressional staff and release a statement of principles in opposition to torture. In the days immediately following release of the report, these national security leaders played a key role in shaping public discussion about the program through appearances on television, radio, and in print.


Below is a selection of some of their work on the issue.

The Experts Agree: Torture is Ineffective & Wrong

Use the Images to the left to navigate through national security experts' television appearances discussing the torture report.

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CNN: Does Torture Work?

Colonel Steven Kleinman, former Senior Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Air Force, explains why torture does not produce to reliable intelligence.

MSNBC: Report: Enhanced Interrogation Ineffective for Getting Intelligence

Alberto Mora, former U.S. Navy General Counsel discusses how torture is ineffective in intelligence gathering.

CNN: Fallout Over Senate Torture Report

Mark Fallon, former NCIS Deputy Assistant Director gives a firsthand account of why torture doesn't work. 

Making Headlines Across the Country

The morning before the Senate report was released, former NCIS interrogator Mark Fallon wrote for Politico, "Torture produced little information of value, and what little it did produce could’ve been gained through humane, legal methods that uphold American ideals… Professional interrogators couldn’t be less surprised.” Fallon’s words had an impact on Capitol Hill, where Sen. Angus King (I-ME), a swing vote on the intelligence committee, quoted him on the Senate floor and during TV appearances.

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Across the country, interrogators and national security experts made headlines with their commentary on the importance of the Senate torture report.

USA TODAY: Torture a frontal assault on our values

Fox News: Why CIA interrogations report matters: Torture doesn’t work and Americans need to know

MSNBC: America must never torture again

Miami Herald: Our nation, CIA ‘ran off the tracks’

The Hill: Experienced interrogator: Torture doesn’t work

Over the Airways

Former U.S. Air Force interrogator Colonel Steven Kleinman, who helped oversee the interrogation and detention program in Iraq in 2003 and has spent his career in human intelligence, sat down with NPR’s Weekend Edition to talk about the difference between successful, humane interrogations—designed to elicit actionable intelligence—and those using abusive techniques that harm our country. Col. Kleinman spoke opposite Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA, about why publicly releasing the Senate report is an important step forward.

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Fast & Effective Responses

Minutes after the Senate intelligence committee released its report, national security experts and interrogators spoke directly to members of the press about their experiences with the torture program, and how lawmakers should act to ensure that our nation never condones torture again. Listen to Mark Fallon (NCIS interrogator), Brigadier General David Irvine, Colonel Steven Kleinman (U.S. Air Force), former General Counsel of the Navy Alberto Mora, Ambassador Thomas Pickering, and Human Rights First’s Raha Wala share their thoughts.

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