The CIA torture program caused strategic damage to the United States and jeopardized U.S. national security.
The torture program also caused strategic damage to the United States. Alberto Mora, former Navy General Counsel during the George W. Bush administration, worked with a team of researchers at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School to identify and assess those strategic costs. He and his team concluded:
“…Washington’s use of torture greatly damaged national security. It incited extremism in the Middle East, hindered cooperation with U.S. allies, exposed American officials to legal repercussions, undermined U.S. diplomacy, and offered a convenient justification for other governments to commit human rights abuses.”
Here are three (of many) specific examples of the authors’ evidence in support of that conclusion: