ISIS, Al Qaeda Competing as Main Terror Threats to U.S.
Gaining intelligence on an enemy is a vital part of any war effort, but extracting information from ISIS is a long-shot, even if enemy combatants were to be captured, due to restrictions on what interrogation tactics U.S. personnel are allowed to employ.
At the same time, there is growing concern that all the focus on ISIS is causing us to lose track of a dangerous foe: Al Qaeda, who is "competing" with the flourishing ISIS to be the main terror threat to the U.S.
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey appeared on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson today to discuss what has changed in U.S. interrogation tactics.
First, the release of information by Edward Snowden compromised much of our intelligence ability.
Second, the Obama administration has made extensive cuts on what kinds of interrogation tactics can be used, so there are often few prisoners captured, let alone detained in Guantanamo Bay or another high-security detention center.
"It's very difficult to make a dead terrorist talk. We've tried, but it's very difficult," Mukasey said.
He added that his solution would include a classified interrogation program, which would go above and beyond what is allowed in the Army Field Manual.
"Capture them and work on them for as long as it takes to extract intelligence," Mukasey said. "With ISIL, the faster we get at the leaders, the easier it's going to be to stop the cycle."
Mukasey noted that the terrorists of the Islamic State have a different strategy from Al Qaeda, where they are ambitiously building a Caliphate to help attract recruits.
According to Mukasey, we need to get at the leadership to stop that message from getting out.
Watch the clip from The Real Story above.