Top CIA Operative: ‘I Don’t Think We’ve Suffered at All’ From Waterboarding Ban

By
Friday, April 02, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Marc Theissen, get set to attack your next target — Michael Sulick, head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

Via Jeff Stein, Sulick, a longtime CIA operative, told a gathering at his alma mater that the loss of torture techniques hasn’t hindered intelligence work:

When asked if the Obama administration’s ban on waterboarding has had serious consequences on the war against terror, Sulick answered in general terms.

“I don’t think we’ve suffered at all from an intelligence standpoint,” he said, “but I don’t want to talk about [it from] a legal, moral or ethical standpoint.”

For the record, it was the Bush administration that actually banned waterboarding after using it to horrific effect, a fact that has caused no end of cognitive dissonance in conservative torture advocates.

Follow Spencer Ackerman on Twitter


Comments

26 Comments

uberVU - social comments
Trackback posted April 2, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

Social comments and analytics for this post…

This post was mentioned on Twitter by mtpii: RT @TWI_news: Top CIA Operative: ‘I Don’t Think We’ve Suffered at All’ From Waterboarding Ban – http://bit.ly/c3tV9O...


Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree – Free Apple Recipes
Pingback posted April 2, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

[...] Top CIA Operative: 'I Don't Think We've Suffered at All' From … [...]


chrisjay
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

…like the pros have stated again and again: when it comes to interrogating, torture is for amateurs only—–we're all safer now that adults are back in charge


alchemytoday
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

“For the record, it was the Bush administration that actually banned waterboarding after using it to horrific effect.”

It's mind-boggling that this never came up. Not only did they stop water boarding, but they stalled on every single legal challenge instead of seeing them through in court. If they were actually confident in their legal and moral authority on torture, detention, etc, they would've fast tracked terror cases so that Bush's Justice Dept could handle them before the next President came along.


Yahoo! sent me a message regarding my software and their Mail servers. I don’t know what SSL is. I need help. « Free Software Download
Pingback posted April 2, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

[...] Top CIA Operative: 'I Don't Think We've Suffered at All' From … [...]


strangely_enough
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

Or, conversely, maybe they were simply waiting on Bush's successor to give it “bipartisan” consensus, and then defend in court (wiretapping, renditions…) what they couldn't merely “look forward” (away, actually).

If so, seems to be an effective strategy, so far.


alchemytoday
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

I don't know that Federal judges care much about bipartisan bona fides.


Mark
Comment posted April 3, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

Why don't you CIA criminals DISBAND yourselves? Ask yourselves: What have “I” done to help my country for the last 40 years?


CIA’s top spy: U.S. intelligence hasn’t ‘suffered at all’ from banning waterboading. | Pure Politics
Pingback posted April 3, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

[...] along with some elements of the FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency.” Spencer Ackerman notes that “for the record, it was the Bush administration that actually banned waterboarding after [...]


Drasties - Dutch on the World - World on the Dutch
Pingback posted April 3, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

[...] — along with some elements of the FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency.” Spencer Ackerman notes that “for the record, it was the Bush administration that actually banned waterboarding after [...]


FTSN News » Blog Archive » CIA’s top spy: U.S. intelligence hasn’t ‘suffered at all’ from banning waterboading.
Pingback posted April 4, 2010 @ 6:47 am

[...] — along with some elements of the FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency.” Spencer Ackerman notes that “for the record, it was the Bush administration that actually banned waterboarding after [...]


Suck It, Dick. « Rottenart
Pingback posted April 5, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

[...] So, Mr. Cheney, it seems your fear-mongering talking points aren’t exactly borne out by those in a position to know. I can imagine that you’ll get some face-time soon at your favorite media mouthpiece in order [...]


building on a budget
Trackback posted August 22, 2011 @ 1:25 am

Great website…

[...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]…


Wall Waterfall
Trackback posted August 22, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

outdoor wall fountain…

[...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]…


mushroom egg fruit
Trackback posted August 24, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

hat cookie cutter…

[...]just below, are some totally unrelated sites to ours, however, they are definitely worth checking out[...]…


rubber travel luggage
Trackback posted August 25, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

heys usa sidewinder…

[...]while the sites we link to below are completely unrelated to ours, we think they are worth a read, so have a look[...]…


Dwan Twyford
Trackback posted August 26, 2011 @ 10:49 am

Check This Out…

[...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]…


Red Bottom Shoes
Trackback posted August 29, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

The Best Cat Suits For Women…

[...]listed below are several web page links to web-sites we connect to seeing that we think they’re worth visiting[...]…


ecommerce solutions
Trackback posted September 4, 2011 @ 4:44 am

Ecommerce solutions and web design for business…

[...]some great sites worth visiting are listed below[...]…


tactical games
Trackback posted September 5, 2011 @ 6:16 am

mmorts…

[...]This topic usually doesn’t interest me, but this article was written in a unique manner. It’s not boring and I read the whole thing without stopping once. Although unrelated to my blog, worth linking to[...]…


Independent Financial Advisor
Trackback posted September 5, 2011 @ 7:06 am

Pension Advice…

In your own time try to read through these they could represent fascination also! fyi did one hear about Tokyo have more issues also :)…


"sesso"
Trackback posted September 5, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

Related.. Trackback…

[...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]…


nova scotia accommodations
Trackback posted September 6, 2011 @ 4:15 am

nova scotia accommodations…

[...]while the nova scotia accommodations web sites we link to below are completely unrelated to ours, we think they are worth a read, so have a look[...]…


Stop sweating and start living review
Trackback posted September 6, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

Eliminate sweat…

[...]I have accumulated some of the more important blogs in my list here[...]…


starkart urban art
Trackback posted September 6, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

Trackback Link…

[...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]…


Cheap Suits For Men
Trackback posted September 6, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

Miss America 2011…

[...]in the following are a handful of hyper-links to internet pages which we connect to as we feel they’re definitely worth browsing[...]…


RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.