BOSTON (CBS) – The Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques that was released yesterday has split the country over its contents. The essential question that drives this debate is simple. Should the United States torture captured terrorists in order to potentially save future lives? While the question is simple, the answers are anything but. There are many layers to this debate morally and logistically, but while we may discuss the issues, most of us lack the personal experience to truly speak to this serious ethical challenge. Glenn Carle served for twenty-three years in the Clandestine Services of the CIA. When he was asked to interrogate a suspected Al Qaeda member, and to do “whatever it takes” to get him to talk, he found himself at a moral crossroads. Carle sits down with Dan to talk about the recent report on CIA tactics, the effectiveness of torture, and the moral obligations of the United States in today’s violent and chaotic world.
Originally broadcast December 10th, 2014.