President Bush, reacting to a Congressional uproar over the disclosure of secret Justice Department legal opinions permitting the harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, defended the methods on Friday, declaring, ďThis government does not torture people.Ē
ďI have put this program in place for a reason, and that is to better protect the American people,Ē the president said, without mentioning the C.I.A. by name. ďAnd when we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet weíre going to detain them, and you bet weíre going to question them, because the American people expect us to find out information ó actionable intelligence so we can help protect them. Thatís our job.Ē
And quite frankly I believe that Bush is right. If the CIA deems that a certain individual is a terrorist suspect and has information related to a potential terrorist attack, it is imperative that that individual is interrogated as necessary so as to neutralise the terrorist threat. In fact government intelligence agencies are morally obliged to do this. A simple trade off: either another 9/11 or slightly inconveniencing a potential terrorist.
Administration officials stated "that they approved techniques that were ďtough, safe, necessary and lawful.Ē