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Letters: By-products of CIA torture

A file photo of a man crossing the

A file photo of a man crossing the Central Intelligence Agency logo in the lobby of CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. on Aug. 14, 2008. Photo Credit: Getty Images

There are many hazardous professions, and it is up to the individual whether he or she takes that risk ["Senate probe of CIA finds: Brutality, deceit," News, Dec. 10].

If a person chooses to be a terrorist and has the potential to kill many innocent people, why do the bleeding hearts of this country cry about terrorists being killed or tortured? These people know what is in store for them if they are caught. It's part of their job description.

After nearly 3,000 people who were minding their own business were killed on Sept. 11, 2001, if torture was used to prevent future killings in this country or abroad, so be it. Don't cry to me that no useful information was found. Just the fact that the suspected terrorists' comrades knew they were being tortured might have forced them to abandon plans in the works for fear that they might have been compromised.

Don't tell me this will open the door to torture of Americans by our law enforcement. That can't happen as long as we have our freedoms and democratic government.

We are at war. Terrorists have figured out that you don't fight war with rules. Their philosophy is, let the other team play by centuries-old rules of warfare.

Stop complaining when our government tries to save your way of life. Stop trying so hard to help these fanatics succeed.

Dom Gervasi, Wantagh
 

The proponents of the CIA torture program claim that it resulted in positive information that stopped terrorist attacks.

It's been more than 10 years since this alleged information was obtained. There is no need to keep this information classified. If their claims are true, then they should be able to release the information to prove their point.

Put up or shut up.

Stanford M. Altschul, Oceanside

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