Ali Soufan, who has participated in interrogations of high-level terror suspects including Abu Zubaydah, is giving a detailed explanation of superior intelligence methods, within the Army field manual, that don’t involve torture.
Soufan said that when he used such methods on Zubaydah, they produced actionable intelligence in less than an hour.
As for torture, said Soufan: “This amateurish technique is harmful to our long-term interests. It plays into the enemies playbook.”
Soufan made clear: “My interest is not to advocate the prosecution of anyone.” Rather, he wants to see us learn from our mistakes.