Dear Sen. Dianne Feinstein:
You are awakened at 4:00 a.m. by a call from State Department officials informing you that your granddaughters have been kidnapped by ISIS operatives. Reports indicate the young women have been transported to an unknown overseas location.
A list of demands has been received. The terrorists state all demands must be met within 24 hours, or the girls will be killed.
Almost immediately you receive reports from officials in the national intelligence community telling you they have persons of interest in custody–terrorists who have been detained for some time–and these individuals very likely have information that will lead to the rescue of your granddaughters. These officials report however that efforts to extract information from these individuals in the past have failed. Traditional interrogation techniques such as sleep deprivation, close confinement, and humiliation have failed. These intelligence officers say only water boarding will yield results.
Your call Senator.
You have a position paper from the Bush Justice Department legal team which authorizes water boarding as a last resort, and you were briefed accordingly years ago, at which time you did not object or protest publicly.
Your call Senator. Do you urge the President to give the green light?