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Vets Choose Musicians Over Liz Cheney

Senior Interrogator, Counter-Intelligence Agent Stand Firm Against Liz Cheney’s Helping al Qaeda Recruit by Keeping Gitmo Open

WASHINGTON - Veterans with experience in interrogations
and intelligence are standing with musicians who have joined the National
Campaign to Close Guantanamo (which includes, and hitting
back at those who argue that the prison facility in Cuba should be kept

Earlier in the week, a coalition of US and international musicians,
including Trent Reznor, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Rise Against,
Rosanne Cash, Billy Bragg and the Roots announced they were joining the
National Campaign to Close Guantanamo (

"Guantanamo Bay remains an effective recruiting tool for Al Qaida to
this day.  The longer it remains open, the longer we'll fail to do
all we can to protect ourselves from terrorist attacks.  It is the
epitome of everything we could have done wrong in the fight against
Islamic extremism -- unlawful detentions without charge and torture and
abuse.  We can only defeat ourselves in this battle, and Guantanamo
Bay was, and remains, a big step in that direction," said Matthew
Alexander, a former senior military interrogator who led the team that
found Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, the former leader of Al Qaida in Iraq. 
Alexander has conducted over 300 interrogations and supervised more than
1,000.  He is the author of How to Break a Terrorist.

A radical neo-conservative group led by Liz Cheney called those who are
fighting to close Guantanamo "pathetic" in a story in the Washington
on Thursday.

Yet, a former counter-intelligence agent in Afghanistan saw first-hand
that it's Cheney who is off-base.  Jay Bagwell, who served in
Afghanistan said in a video recorded previously for,
"Torture makes our troops less safe.  Torture creates
terrorists.  It's used so widely as a propaganda tool, now.  In
Afghanistan, all too often detainees had pamphlets on them depicting what
happened at Guantanamo."  That video can be found here:


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