Fmr. CIA officer: Keep torture for bin Laden

By David Edwards
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 9:41 EDT
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Former CIA officer Michael Scheuer told Fox’s Brian Kilmeade that President Obama has damaged the country security by releasing OLC memos that authorized harsh interrogation methods like torture. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Scheuer argues that harsh interrogation methods should continue to be used in case Osama bin Laden is captured.

Melvin Goodman writes that the Washington Post has become defenders of CIA officials seeking to protect themselves:

The Scheuer article is particularly scurrilous, accusing President Obama of self-righteousness and intellectual arrogance” in deciding to release the torture memos. Scheuer believes that an end to torture will lead to future terrorist attacks that could involve the “loss of major cities and tens of thousands of countrymen,” and that the president will bear some responsibility. Scheuer, an aggressive proponent of torture and abuse, was the leader of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit in the 1990s. His behavior at CIA was so bizarre that he was eventually quarantined by the Agency, spending the last few years of his employment in the Agency’s library without access to classified documents.

This video is from Fox’s Fox & Friends, broadcast Apr. 27, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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