May 12, 2009 in Letters

Interrogation fully justified

The Spokesman-Review
 

Sorry, Mr. Ken Wells and Ms. Candy Frankel (Letters, May 3), but in my opinion nothing we’ve done in terms of aggressive interrogation techniques rises to the level of torture as we know it. We waterboarded three high-level terror suspects, one of whom was the mastermind behind the deaths of 3,000 of our countrymen. I haven’t forgotten, so excuse me if I don’t have a lot of sympathy. I’m more concerned about the lives that were saved by information we gained when pretty please and liar, liar didn’t seem to work.

By all accounts, President Bush prayed every day for strength and guidance during extremely difficult times. His decisions were not made lightly nor cavalierly. Ultimately he made decisions that he was elected and sworn to do, and for eight years his diligence to that end kept us safe. Personally, I applaud the man and pray that Obama’s policies will yield the same results. But regardless of what he thinks and says, we don’t owe anyone an apology, and I could care less what other countries think.

Either way, releasing pictures to the world and prosecuting our people is stupid, dangerous and divisive. Just what we need right now.

Dave Tegge

Newman Lake

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