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

Created: April 02, 2010 15:05 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

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.