S. Hrg. 110-720: Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, June 17 and September 25, 2008   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Carl Levin: "Intelligence saves lives. Knowing where an insurgent has buried an improvised explosive device (IED) can keep a vehicle carrying marines in Iraq from being blown up. Knowing that an al Qaeda associate visited an Internet cafe in Kabul could be the key piece of information that unravels a terrorist plot targeting our embassy. But, how do we get people who know the information to share it with us? Does degrading them or treating them harshly increase the chances that they'll be willing to help? Just a couple of weeks ago, I visited our troops in Afghanistan. While I was there, I spoke to a senior intelligence officer who told me that treating detainees harshly is actually an impediment, a roadblock, to use that officer's word, to getting intelligence from them. Here's why. He said that al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists are taught to expect Americans to abuse them; they're recruited based on false propaganda that says that the United States is out to destroy Islam. Treating detainees harshly only reinforces their distorted view and increases their resistance to cooperate. The abuse at Abu Ghraib was a potent recruiting tool for al Qaeda and handed al Qaeda a propaganda weapon that they could use to peddle their violent ideology." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard L. Shiffrin, Daniel J. Baumgartner, Jerald F. Ogrisseg, Diane E. Beaver, Jane G. Dalton, Alberto J. Mora, William J. Haynes, John R. Moulton, and Steven M. Kleinman.

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