So not only are Enhanced Interrogation Techniques evil, but they also don't work. Who could possibly have foreseen this?
It’s now widely known that claims made in previously secret memos about the efficacy of so-called Enhanced Interrogation Techniques – such as that it was from waterboarding Abu Zubaydah that the so-called “dirty bomb” plot of Jose Padilla was thwarted – are false. Padilla was arrested in May 2002, long before waterboarding began months later, and the plot was uncovered using traditional interrogation techniques.
What isn’t widely known is how the insistence of decision-makers to persist with the coercive interrogation techniques and other mistaken tactics like the outsourcing of interrogations to foreign countries – ignoring the pleas of CIA and FBI professionals in the field – cost lives too. Besides the Limburg, there were attacks in London, Madrid, Bali, and Riyadh that might have been stopped if the professionals were listened to. And if leads were followed bin Laden probably could have been found years earlier.
Turns out, waterboarding doesn't save lives. Torture doesn't help fight terror. Evil, once again, has shown to be ineffective as well as wrong.