Tough Interrogation of Terror Suspects is Necessary

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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  • Rick Francona

    For

    Rick Francona

    Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

  • Heather Mac Donald

    For

    Heather Mac Donald

    John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal

  • David Rivkin

    For

    David Rivkin

    Partner in the Washington office of Baker & Hostetler LLP, a Visiting Fellow at the Nixon Center, and a Contributing Editor of the National Review and National Interest

  • Jack Cloonan

    Against

    Jack Cloonan

    25-year Veteran of the FBI and President of Clayton Consultants

  • John Hutson

    Against

    John Hutson

    Retired Rear Admiral, Resident and Dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center

  • Darius Rejali

    Against

    Darius Rejali

    Professor of Political science and chair of the political science department at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon

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Rick Francona

For The Motion

Rick Francona

Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

Rick served with the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency. His tours of duty include Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, with operational travel in virtually every country in the Middle East. Since early 2003, Francona has been a Middle East military analyst for NBC News and can be seen regularly on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.

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Heather Mac Donald

For The Motion

Heather Mac Donald

John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal

A non-practicing lawyer, Mac Donald has clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement. Her writings on national security issues have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, the New York Post, National Review Online and the Washington Post.

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David Rivkin

For The Motion

David Rivkin

Partner in the Washington office of Baker & Hostetler LLP, a Visiting Fellow at the Nixon Center, and a Contributing Editor of the National Review and National Interest

David specializes in regulatory and litigation work, with a particular emphasis on constitutional, international law and public policy issues. Before to returning to the private sector, Mr. Rivkin served in a variety of legal and policy positions in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, including stints at the White House Counsel's office, Office of the Vice President and the Departments of Justice and Energy.

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Jack Cloonan

Against The Motion

Jack Cloonan

25-year Veteran of the FBI and President of Clayton Consultants

Cloonan is an internationally respected security expert. Since retiring from the FBI, where he received commendations and awards for counterterrorism and investigations, he has served as a counterterrorism consultant and commentator for ABC News. Cloonan is currently the president of Clayton Consultants, a global-risk and crisis-management firm that assists victims of kidnapping around the world.

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John Hutson

Against The Motion

John Hutson

Retired Rear Admiral, Resident and Dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center

Huston served as the Navy's judge advocate general from 1997 to 2000. He currently serves as the president and dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. As the judge advocate general of the Navy, Admiral Hutson presided over the JAG Corps -- 1,600 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marines -- and advised the secretary of the Navy, the commandant of the Marines, and the senior leadership of the Navy in all legal matters related to military justice

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Darius Rejali

Against The Motion

Darius Rejali

Professor of Political science and chair of the political science department at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon

Darius is internationally recognized as an expert on government torture and interrogation. He is a 2003 Carnegie Scholar and the author of Torture and Democracy (2007).

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Declared Winner: Against The Motion

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  • Comment Link Marideise Thursday, 30 August 2012 18:32 posted by Marideise

    Americans do not understand the exlpoitation that we as a Nation have caused over the many decades in the Middle East and of the atrocities that we caused the people of the Middle East and that it is due to this exlpoitation and the many thousands of innocent Muslim lives our Policies are what have caused the Islam people to hate the West. To any Presidential candidate I ask, "Why is this not discussed and why do we blame the Islams and blame them for being terrorists when it was the West that initially caused the root of the problem by forcing our Policies upon these people and never expected them to say "enough is enough?" Why can't we as a Nation accept what we have done to have caused such a terrible situation in the Middle East today? Afterall, it's due to our Policies that so many hundreds of thousands of innocent people have died, including the people of Islam, not only in Iraq, but in many other Middle Eastern Countries, as well as our brave young men and women that have lost their lives and effected the lives of their families and friends forever? When will we as a Nation accept our portion of the responsibility that our law makers in the Congress, Senate and especially the current Administration accept the responsibility that they bear for the loss of so many innocent lives? How do our law makers sleep at night or are able to laugh in public knowing the misery they have caused so many people? Is this just going to be swept under the carpet like so many other errors our law makers have made over the decades? Rand Zuhlke-Bryant, Placentia, California.

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