Former CIA Executive Director Buzzy Krongard told BBC on Monday that the CIA did engage in torture:
[BBC] asked Buzzy Krongard, the CIA’s former executive director, if he thought waterboarding and painful stress positions were torture:
“Well, let’s put it this way, it is meant to make him as uncomfortable as possible. So I assume for, without getting into semantics, that’s torture. I’m comfortable with saying that,” he explained.
Krongard isn’t the first high-level official to admit that what the CIA did was torture. The following officials also admitted that the CIA tortured:
- Tom Ridge, head of the Department of Homeland Security
- Barry McCaffrey, 4-Star General, who was awarded three Purple Hearts, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and two Silver Stars
- Malcolm Nance, an advisor on terrorism to the US departments of Homeland Security, Special Operations and Intelligence
- Matthew Alexander, a former top Air Force interrogator who led the team that tracked down Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
- Ricardo Sanchez, Lieutenant General and the former top coalition commander in Iraq
Why does this matter?
Because top experts say that torture doesn’t work to provide evidence (even in a “ticking time bomb” scenario) … and that it severely harms America’s national security.