Torture ban doesn’t undermine security

TORTURE BAN DOESN’T UNDERMINE SECURITY…. As far as a few too many conservatives are concerned, President Obama put us all at risk by prohibiting torture techniques leading far-right voices have grown to love. It must be frustrating for them, then, to see reality keep getting in the way.

Michael Sulick, head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, told a student audience last week that the spy agency has seen no fall-off in intelligence since waterboarding was banned by the Obama administration.

“I don’t think we’ve suffered at all from an intelligence standpoint,” Sulick told students and some faculty members at Fordham University, his alma mater, on March 25. “But I don’t want to talk about [it from] a legal, moral or ethical standpoint.”

Sometimes, it seems reality is conspiring to make the Cheneys, Palin, and Marc Thiessen appear foolish.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.