The Washington Post has a long and interesting article on the ongoing interrogation of captured al Qaeda operatives. It is generally encouraging: “The picture that emerges is of a brass-knuckled quest for information, often in concert with allies of dubious human rights reputation, in which the traditional lines between right and wrong, legal and inhumane, are evolving and blurred.” The Post quotes a former head of the CIA Counterterrorist Center: “This is a very highly classified area, but I have to say that all you need to know [is]: There was a before 9/11, and there was an after 9/11. After 9/11 the gloves come off.” THe report suggests that a great deal of uselful information has been obtained from prisoners, which no doubt accounts in large part for the difficulty al Qaeda has had in carrying out successful attacks.
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