The Washington Times - May 3, 2011, 05:18PM

Senator Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Independent and Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, spoke with me about his thoughts on enhanced interrogation techniques used on terrorist detainees and believes that restrictions on interrogators should be given a “second look at” in light of the information that led to the death of Osama bin Laden and told me, “In response of an excess of an earlier time, we have imposed some restrictions on the interrogation of detainees…prisoners of war that I think we ought to just take a thoughtful second look at.”

“The bin Laden case ought to lead us to go back and review  how we’re handling detainees. I take the basic point of view that these are prisoners of war and we ought to afford them all the rights that prisoners of war have under the Geneva Conventions.”


He added:

“Even if they’re called enemy combatants, we ought to follow the law, obviously. But in some ways we put ourselves in a position where we go beyond the Geneva Convention. We’re doing more protections. What this case reminds us is that one of the reasons you take prisoners of war is not just to get them off the battle field, that’s very important, but they may have actionable intelligence that saves lives on our side.”

Listen to Senator Lieberman:  here and here