Udall opposes all ‘enhanced interrogations’
There should be an “ironclad” prohibition against enhanced interrogation techniques even in a so-called “ticking time-bomb scenario,” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said.
Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, said Thursday he is concerned Gen. David Petraeus, nominated by President Barack Obama to head the CIA, had said there could be a special case in which enhanced interrogation techniques could be used by the CIA.
The phrase “enhanced interrogation techniques is a euphemism for torture,” Udall said in a conference call with Colorado reporters.
Petraeus testified this week before the Intelligence Committee that he could see the possibility within the context of CIA activities that torture might be acceptable.
Congress, however, should be cautious about taking options off the table that might protect American lives, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said.
He added some of the methods used to interrogate Khalid Sheikh Mohammad resulted in the prevention of terrorist attacks similar to Sept. 11, 2001.
Udall said he questions the effectiveness of such methods, and torture runs counter to American values and creates new enemies.
In addition, such scenarios only “happen on television,” he said.
“How do you even determine when you have a ticking time bomb or imminent threat?” Udall said.
“I’d rather have an ironclad policy on this than leave the door open even a slight amount” for coercive interrogation or torture,” Udall said.
Not all interrogation techniques amount to torture, Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call said.
“We can reject torture, but we should be cautious when it comes to specific tactics as it relates to gathering useful information that might save American lives,” Call said.
Udall said he will support Petraeus’ nomination despite the disagreement.