During the course of my life, I have read about two thousand books dealing with the topic of World War II. The German army in that conflict had eight million soldiers, excellent tanks and artillery and a powerful air force. I do understand that contemporary supporters of torture believe that al Qaeda and ISIS are the “greatest threat in American history to our survival as a nation.” Of course, neither of these groups has possession of tanks, artillery, planes or ships such as submarines, but, what the heck, they are the “greatest threat.” At no point did the US Army employ torture of prisoners. Of course, there might have been some examples in the field, but torture was NOT an official policy. Teams of IPW -Interrogation of Prisoners of War- talked with German soldiers and used the power of intelligent inquiry to obtain the information we desired. Of course, we also had the “Enigma” program which listened into German communications. But, at no time during the war was the official policy to use torture of prisoners. Ironically, the greatest abuse of people was the Internment of Japanese Americans due to hysteria on the part of American generals on the West Coast. Reality was that Japanese Americans never helped the nation of Japan.
George Tenet, head of CIA from 1997 to 2004 insists that the torture program “was effective in saving the lives of Americans.” His comment stands in contradiction to the US Senate Report. I am certain that Republicans will go to their graves convinced that torture is in accord with the American form of government.