Even if the CIA's enhanced interrogation program led to some successes, given its uncontested moral horror and negative repercussions, liberals and conservatives should be able to agree never again to countenance such a program.
As a former prisoner of war who experienced torture, John McCain has more standing than any of his Senate colleagues when it comes to rendering judgment about the CIA's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program.
CIA director, John Brennan disputed the claim that nothing was gained by so-called "torture" tactics. "Our review indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom (the harsh techniques) were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives," he said. "The intelligence gained from the program were critical to our understanding of al-Qaida, and continues to inform our counter-terrorism efforts to this day."