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Head of the National Clandestine Service on the prohibition on waterboarding: “I don’t think we’ve suffered at all from an intelligence standpoint”

Dr. Michael Sulick, Photo- Fordham University

Dr. Michael Sulick, Photo- Fordham University

In case you missed this, Dr. Michael Sulick, Director of the National Clandestine Service, recently delivered an address at Fordham University.  After his address, Dr. Sulick was asked about waterboarding. The Fordham press release explains:

Sulick followed his lecture with a lengthy question-and-answer session, although he prefaced it by saying he would not comment on any issue that might influence policy. Questions were submitted by Fordham students in advance and read aloud by USG members. When asked if the Obama administration’s ban on waterboarding has had serious consequences on the war against terror, Sulick answered in general terms.

“I don’t think we’ve suffered at all from an intelligence standpoint,” he said, “but I don’t want to talk about [it from] a legal, moral or ethical standpoint.”

At a time when much discussion is focusing on the similarities between the way in which the Obama Administration and the Bush Administration approached terrorism, it is good to be reminded that there are very critical differences.

(HT: Tom Morley)

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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