Sunday, September 6, 2009

Is The use Of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques By The U.S. Justified and Beneficial?

In the attached Cato Institute podcast David Rittgers discusses his views on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques used by the U.S. His interview addresses the costs and potential benefits, if any, to the U.S. of using such techniques. Mr. Rittgers shares examples from this perspective of the U.S. using enhanced interrogation techniques on detainees and provides interesting historical context of other countries using such techniques. Mr. Rittgers provides a very interesting viewpoint given his significant background in this area.

David Rittgers is a legal policy analyst at the Cato Institute who concentrates on civil liberties, counterterrorism, and criminal justice. Prior to joining Cato, Mr. Rittgers served in the United States Army as an Infantry and Special Forces officer, including three tours in Afghanistan. During his military career, he was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with a "V" Device for valorous action and two Bronze Star Medals. While attending law school, Mr. Rittgers completed two years of Arabic Studies and is moderately fluent in both Arabic and French. He earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina and is a member of the Virginia bar.

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