I watched the four Corners program last night and the thing that disappointed me was that the program did not really get to the nub of the question at all . That question is just what does constitute torture?
JOHN RADSAN, ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL TO THE CIA, 2002-04: The administration says that we don’t torture people. They don’t give us a clear definition or their definition of what torture is.
So it’s going to be back and forth between the lawyers at the CIA, lawyers at the Justice Department that that are interpreting these statues, the torture statute, the amendments, or the guidance I should say from the Military Commissions Act, to figure out these tough questions about whether we can do sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, whether we can do things in that intermediate zone of aggressiveness.
JOE MARGULIES, LAWYER FOR GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES: All you can get is a declaration that we do not do torture. You cannot get a clarity, a clear answer on what that means.(source)
Sally Neighbour seemed instead to have a very clear anti USA agenda in this program and it would be no surprise that there was no consideration at all in the sort of proclivities of the “other side” when it comes to the treatment of prisoners and attempts to extract information.
I want some real debate about just where the boundaries lie here, for although I do not support or advocate torture I do realise that some times it is necessary to “encourage” cooperation and I am as hard pressed as anyone to define where the line between vigorous “encouragement” and torture actually is and this is what needs to be explored by the national broadcaster. At least here and in the US we think about these issues, elsewhere it is just part of the landscape.