CQ Politics | SpyTalk – Repetitive Interrogations Reveal CIA’s Lack of Spies, Agency Veterans Say

In the continuing cacophony over what torture is and whether it “works,” an important point has gone missing, say current and former counterterrorism operatives.

The CIA’s reliance on repeated, and brutal, “enhanced” interrogation techniques shows how few spies the spy agency had before and after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

That made the agency’s reliance on squeezing new information out of captured terrorist suspects all the more desperate, many say.