Principled, Moral Leadership from McCain

John McCain quoted in a May 4, 2011 article on Politico:

“So far I know of no information that was obtained, that would have been useful, by ‘advanced interrogation.’ In fact, according to published reports … some of the key people who knew about this courrier denied it,” McCain said, careful to note that he was not relaying information from Panetta’s classified session with Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committee members. … “I stand on the side of the United States and by the Geneva conventions, of which we are signatories, which we were in violation of by waterboarding.”

The use of torture has done great damage not only to our international image but to our national soul. Good for John McCain for speaking out. Those of us who recognize torture as a moral wrong need to keep pushing back against those who say it’s a necessity for national security.

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