Perhaps the worst trait of this ego-maniac is his seeming desire to emulate Jack Bauer of "24" fame, apparently believing that the protection of America against another 9/11 attack must involve torture of our potential enemies. Early in the War on Terror ballgame, George W Bush decided that any kind of interrogation--including torture--is fair game if it might protect America from further attack, and the "War on Terror" was lost in one fell swoop.
This goes against every American tradition. Such arrogance invites future attacks on America.
Ron Suskind called it the One Percent Doctrine. The people at Guantanamo came to know it as the Jack Bauer doctrine.
In order to stop terrorist attacks on America, the American government decided in early 2002 to unwittingly invite terrorist attacks on America
If we want to win a war against terror, we cannot ourselves use terror.by using disproven means of "interrogation" of supposed terrorists--i.e. torture. Ironically, it was a Brit who reminded us in The Guardian yesterday that
Principles for the conduct of interrogation, dating back more than a century to President Lincoln's famous instruction of 1863 that "military necessity does not admit of cruelty", were discarded [by the Bush administration]. He approved new and aggressive interrogation techniques that would produce devastating consequences.Up until early 2002, US Military doctrine followed Field Manual 34-52, whose primary aim was to garner helpful intelligence information by building rapport with prisoners.
Building rapport is the overriding aim of the US Army Field Manual 34-52, the rule book for military interrogators, colloquially referred to as "FM 34-52". Legality was also essential, which meant operating in accordance with the rules set out in the US military's Uniform Code of Military Justice and international law, in particular the four Geneva conventions.George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld were too impatient (or stupid) to see that this was the only means of interrogation that produced actionable intelligence.
At the heart of them lies "Common Article 3", which expressly prohibits cruel treatment and torture, as well as "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment". [Beginning in 2002] Tactics that had conformed to these principles changed dramatically.
Imagine that an enemy nation has captured you and used the following means of eliciting intelligence from you:
- sensory deprivation, including stress positions, such as standing for a maximum of four hours
- deprivation of light and sound
- removal of religious and all other comfort items
- removal of clothing
- forced grooming, such as shaving of facial hair
- use of individual phobias, such as fear of dogs, to induce stress
- use of "mild, non-injurious physical contact", such as grabbing, poking and light pushing
- use of scenarios designed to convince the detainee that death or severely painful consequences were imminent for him or his family
- exposure to cold weather or water
- use of a wet towel and dripping water to induce the misperception of suffocation also known as water-boarding
[A] character in Fox's hugely popular TV series, 24[, ]Bauer is a fictitious member of the Counter Terrorism Unit in LA who helped to prevent many terror attacks on the US; for him, torture and even killing are justifiable means to achieve the desired result. Just about every episode had a torture scene in which aggressive techniques of interrogations were used to obtain information.I know a few people who love Jack Bauer, and who think he is the quintessential American. I think George W. Bush must be one of Bauer's admirers.
Jack Bauer had many friends at Guantánamo Bay, Beaver said, "he gave people lots of ideas." She believed the series contributed to an environment in which those at Guantánamo were encouraged to see themselves as being on the frontline - and to go further than they otherwise might.
If we want to win a war against terror, we cannot ourselves use terror. If the United States uses terror to get "intelligence", we all lose.
I hope that an overwhelming majority of Americans abhor Jack Bauer. But I'm probably too optimistic. In reality, Jack Bauer is not much different than Joe Stalin, Pol Pot, or Mao Tse Tung. Neither, apparently, is George W. Bush.