To be fair, this whole piece is a load of crap.
1) He's a retired Seargent Major, sure his credentials speak louder than mine, but there are lots of other people of much higher rank who are much more involved in this who have differing opinions. Why was his selected? Oh;
2) It's a fluff piece to promote the show based on his memoir. We didn't hear about this guy 1, 2, or 3 yrs. ago. Only after the premier, huh? A fluff piece criticizing an Administration to capitalize on your memoir and the show based on it. This guy has definitely paid some dues, but he's costing himself credibility points here IMO.
3) This goes back to No. 1, he's a former Sgt. Mjr. speaking on a human rights topic. Heeding his advice to any extreme degree is the tail wagging the dog. The statement "Christ almighty, we wrote a Constitution saying what's legal and what we believed in. Now we're going to throw it away." put the issue in bassrelief this to me, and really displays a misunderstanding.
Everyone in the world knows that? That's why the Geneva Convention was written with that specific intent of torture in mind?:
No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind. Part III Section I Article 17
Actually, no. What about drawing pictures of the holy figures of helpless people in your power, is that torture? Flushing the Qu'ran down the toilet is torture? If we forced them to shower daily, would that be torture?
I'm not saying that Cheney's right and this guy's wrong, as a matter of fact, Mr. Haney hit the issue bang on the head by saying that "The Saddam Husseins of the world are not our teachers." However, the threat of torture does work, torture itself may or may not. Either way, if it saves lives, it's hard to question.