In resorting to torture of detainees in the past, the United States has strengthened the resolve of adversaries. Indeed, the fact that the CIA used torture after the 9/11 attacks served as a recruiting tool for terrorists. The U.S. use of torture also alienates partners and puts the United States in the company of human rights violators whose actions we deplore and condemn.
Using torture creates serious risks for our military. Military leaders understand the consequences to U.S. troops when the U.S. uses torture; they have long opposed torture.
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