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Democrats' Wasteful Torture Report


The recent release of a Senate report commissioned by Democrats regarding torture of terrorism suspects in order to obtain vital information was a waste of $40 million of taxpayer money.

It already had been documented extensively that three suspects were waterboarded and that sleep deprivation and other such techniques were used to extract vital information from terrorists. Though the report says otherwise, that information played a part in the apprehension or annihilation of many upper-echelon terrorist leaders, including Osama bin Laden. The high-profile release of this information at a time when we are engaged in war with various terrorist groups demonstrates a profound lack of wisdom because this information will undoubtedly be used as an effective recruitment tool by our enemies.

Some of the people responsible for the release of this report have publicly acknowledged that it could put members of the military and other Americans at significant risk because they could now become prized targets for revenge. It seems likely that the unwise timing of this information release was politically motivated, seeing as control of the Senate will be in Republican hands in January.

This is a prime example of a potentially lethal disease that has infected Washington, called blind partisanship. It is exhibited when people are more concerned about damaging the other party or enhancing their own party than they are about the welfare of their nation. Of course, we should all be concerned about cruel and unusual treatment of any human being, but we must have enough common sense to recognize that it is foolish to do anything that contributes to the long-term weakening of our military efforts, especially when we are engaged in a war, even though some may not want to call it that.

Unfortunately, conflicts and wars seem to be a part of the human condition from which we cannot escape, even though we must never cease trying.

However, when we are involved in a war, we should use every resource available to end it quickly and successfully, including the use of covert weapons and techniques that are not meant for public consumption. It is absolutely foolhardy to believe that everyone is going to abide by the rules of moral war, if there are such things. If we allow our enemies to do anything they want to do, including beheading our citizens, but we feel that we must accord them every courtesy and comfort, our days of winning wars will be over. We should not put our military forces, our intelligence-gathering forces or any of our defensive or offensive personnel in a position of questioning whether we will back them up when a problem arises if they are using their best judgment on behalf of their fellow citizens. This will only cause them to be fearful and tentative at times when definitive and aggressive action is warranted.

The $40 million that was used on this study could have been better employed to study alternative techniques for extracting vital information from unwilling captives, which could be added to our armamentarium. We also need to understand that peace is much more likely to be realized if we are in a position of strength and possess a military force that cannot be challenged. We also might experience more peace if we tried to anticipate and prepare for trouble, as opposed to waiting and simply reacting to ever-increasing problems.

Members of both parties need to take time to figure out who the real enemies are and stop trying to demonize each other. We have a lot to be proud of as Americans. Maybe we should spend time studying and talking about that.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and author of the new book "One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future" (Sentinel). To find out more about Ben Carson and to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit




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You'd make a good Nazi!Only a Republican/Conservative would try and tell the world that putting a garden hose up some ones ass and turning it on is a health measure.By the way the Republicans spent 44 million under Ken Starr to find out Clinton got a hummer.Thanks for your concern for people ,professor emeritus of neurosurgery.
Comment: #1
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:06 PM
Re: WILLIAM KELLEY;... The end justifies the morality; or in this case, the absolute want of morality.

Comment: #2
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:11 PM
Sir;... The release of this information does perhaps pose a risk to our people from those who will seek revenge. Perhaps distance or vigilance would help. That to me- is hardly the issue.

The true issue is: How does America defend itself from these people who would torture human beings, or those who like yourself defend such torture of human beings? It is not the animals without who should trouble our sleep, but you animals who can range at will among us. Shame on you. Go to a hospital and see if you can buy a soul.

Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:20 PM
Re: WILLIAM KELLEY;... Sir,. Do you notice this fraud's use of the term: moral war. He says it is foolhardy to believe that everyone is going to abide by the rules of moral war, if there are such things.
Technology may win wars, but morality fights them. It is always our morality against theirs. If this creature thinks we do not need our moral edge, our moral certainty that we are good and represent good- he is insane. Are our men and women dying to prove we are less moral than our extremely morally conscious enemies? That man who with good reason believes he morally superior in any contest of wills has the advantage. For what paltry gain did we give up our advantage? Because I don't think we gave up our advantage as much as we had it stolen from beneath our gaze.

We know that the good guys do not always win. We have faith in the ultimate triumph of goodness and virtue. If our goodness is but tawdry lace, how will we face fire, and yet believe in a Just God? These bastards are not patriots but criminals, and this Ben Carson is giving them aid and comfort with full knowledge of their crime. Why are such people allowed to play on the privilege of the press, and are not thrown into the same dock where the criminal nazis sealed their fate? Is this what press freedom is about, to paint the blackest of wrongs white and pure? Everyone should have the freedom of speech. No one should have the privilege of press who so abuses right and common sense.
Comment: #4
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:48 PM
If money is an issue, the torture program went several hundred million dollars over-budget. And ending wars quickly? After 13 years of the war on terror, where is the quick end? How do you win a war on terror?
Comment: #5
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:47 AM
Sir;...Money is not the issue that morality is. In addition, without the desire to prove one part of what I now say, I would bet 90% of the money spent on our war stayed right in this county as profit.
For the moral aspect; all our weapon have a moral edge, or they are simply trash. I am not saying all our enemy does is moral or decent in our eyes, but a man willing to die with a moral certainty- certainly has an advantage. It does not matter if a man dies in bed or on a battlefield because if that man is moral and fears God he will not fear death.
If our government sought to fight an enemy called fear; that it could not touch, define, or dress, they could have found thousands of ways to do it more cheaply. This torture robs us of right, of our moral edge, of the moral certainty that all we do is right, and stands for right. If we are going to be right now, it is in resistence to a government that would do such wrongs or work to see such wrongs hidden by distance, willful blindness, or neglect.
Our government has blackened us in the effort to preserve their own power. Let them say they did this for me. When did they ever asked my permission?
Thanks... Sweeney
Comment: #6
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:00 PM
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