Interrogators of the Nazis Decry the U.S. Defense of Torture

By way of my friend Steve, a Washington Post story that says it just about as clearly and forcefully as anything:

“We got more information out of a German general with a game of chess or Ping-Pong than they do today, with their torture,” said Henry Kolm, 90, an MIT physicist who had been assigned to play chess in Germany with Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess.

These are the WWII interrogators speaking. Interrogators who feel their actions were used to justify sick and base cruelty as policy by our government. They’ve spoken up to set the record straight.

If you’re an American, your leaders are actually debating whether or not to use torture, the people you elect are mincing over the definition of what torture is. They are standing before the work of our forefathers and declaring, loudly: we stand for nothing. This behavior is disgusting and weak. It disrupts decades of good will as well as pushing humanity backwards from the peak of true civilization.

And now, some of the people who helped build the foundation of goodwill that we’ve squandered are speaking out. Why does anyone in their right mind support the policies of such a morally bankrupt administration? And, even more importantly, why do the Democrats quail in the face of these pathetic power mongers who use fear to secure their rule?