Eric Fair, "one of two civilian interrogators assigned to the division interrogation facility (DIF) of the 82nd Airborne Division," writes about his "experiences as an interrogator in Iraq":

Despite my best efforts, I cannot ignore the mistakes I made at the interrogation facility in Fallujah. I failed to disobey a meritless order, I failed to protect a prisoner in my custody, and I failed to uphold the standards of human decency. Instead, I intimidated, degraded and humiliated a man who could not defend himself. I compromised my values. I will never forgive myself.

Mistakes? Mistakes!?

Readers Comments

  1. In all the media discussion of of torture, the question is whether it actually works, in terms of extracting good information. It seems no-one asks what devastation is wreaked also upon us, the torturers. There is a simple reason why we should not torture: we are not torturers. And if we do, we are, and it doesn't matter why.

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