Enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT)…

EITDr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire stated that the debate continues regarding EIT (enhanced interrogation techniques) since information was released from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chaired by Senator Diane Feinstein.  In its report, EIT was proclaimed not to be effective and was tantamount to torture.  Senator John McKane reiterated the same sentiments, and his judgment carries considerable weight since he was a POW subjected to torture for over six years by the North Vietnamese.  The former CIA deputy director John Brennan (now chief), makes substantially opposite claims, saying that EIT was effective in producing actionable intel.  Others including President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney concur.  So how does one find the truth?

The only way to even come CLOSE to proving utility of EIT is to do a study, comparing two cohorts of captured terrorists, matched for threat level, seniority, history of violence, etc.  Each cohort is then subjected to interrogation, one with EIT, and the other with more conservative techniques.  Intel would then be collected, confirmed for accuracy (or not), and evaluated for efficiency and speed of collection.  Only tEIT3his scientific approach would yield a glimpse into whether EIT begets more, less or the same results.  Any thoughts aside from this approach constitute pure speculation and political fodder.

I suspect the real issue here is not so much the quality of information elicited, but whether certain methods of EIT amount to torture.  Perhaps this will be the subject of my next blog.  Suffice to say for now, it seems a bit ridiculous to be fessing up to ‘torture’ (if it was that), torture that killed no recipient thereof (one died as a result of hypothermia, but even that was conjecture), while the enemy rapes and severs heads.  I know, I know, we should be focused on whether WE were morally correct, and not whether the enemy was.  The latter, of course, requires NO debate.


About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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