Wednesday, December 3, 2008

03 Dec 2008: Today's Democracy Now!


US Interrogator in Iraq Says Torture Policy Has Led to Deaths of Thousands of American Soldiers
We speak with a former special intelligence operations officer who led an interrogations team in Iraq two years ago. His nonviolent interrogation methods led Special Forces to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He has written a new book, How to Break a Terrorist: The US Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq. The publication date for the book was delayed for six weeks due to the Pentagon’s vetting of it. The soldier wrote it under the pseudonym, Matthew Alexander, for security reasons. He says the US military’s use of torture is responsible for the deaths of thousands of US soldiers by inspiring foreign fighters to kill Americans. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Attorney Scott Horton on "Justice After Bush: Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration"
We speak with Scott Horton, an attorney specializing in international law and human rights. He is also a legal affairs contributor to Harper’s magazine, where he has the cover story in the latest issue, called “Justice After Bush: Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration.” We also speak with Horton about Eric Holder, President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for attorney general.


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