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Bob Sirott's one more thing about the war on terror

Updated: May 01, 2012 16:14 PM CDT
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One more thing, about the War on Terror.

As we mark the one year anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and the topping out of the new "One World Trade Center" in New York, the debate continues over U.S. interrogation techniques that began after 9/11.

In a memoir out Monday, the former head of the CIA's clandestine services, Jose Rodriguez defends water boarding and other harsh interrogation sessions.

His book is "Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions after 9/11 Saved American Lives."

Critics have called much of what the CIA and it's operatives did torture - stooping to the levels of our enemies - not what the United States has always stood for.

In his book, Rodriguez worries that our capability to prevent further attacks has been reduced because President Obama has abandoned interrogation techniques of the past, including water boarding.

He said the administration has become too reliant on armed drones to kill, instead of to capture, terrorists.

"Drones can be a highly effective way of dealing with high-priority targets," Rodriguez said. "But there is no opportunity to interrogate or learn anything from a suspect vaporized by a missile."

No one can say for sure why there hasn't been a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil in more than ten years. But no doubt the sharing of intelligence between the CIA and the FBI has helped. Much of that intelligence was gathered by controversial means.

Is it the way the U.S. used to do business? No.

But the game changed on nine eleven, and we weren't the ones who changed it.

The enemy now has no border. This war is different. The rules need to be different too. Our lives depend on it.

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