60 Minutes tonight is sure to stir up some controversy as Lesley Stahl interviews Jose Rodriguez, ex-CIA chief who supports the use of waterboarding by CIA agents during the interrogation of suspected al Qaeda detainees in Guantanamo Bay following the events of 9-11. He is the former head of the CIA’s Clandestine Service who used the often times considered torturous method of waterboarding to extract confessions and information from individuals who later were discovered not to even be connected with al Qaeda. Although he states regret for not cancelling the program, he defends it use of what he considers enhanced interrogation techniques…i.e. torture. What are your opinions about this? Are you onboard with the waterboard?
Morley Safer addresses addictions to prescription drugs and food products such as sugar with Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse as to why it is so difficult to “Just Say No” to drugs and other addictive behaviors. She states that the public perception that just learning to say no is simple is magical thinking; as she reveals how brain scans are being used to study addictive behavior. She says the changes in brain function lasts long after the substance has been discontinued making addiction a long lasting problem.
Where do you stand on the controversy about sugar addiction as well as other food addictions? Do you but into the brain chemistry change now being assigned blame for people being unable to overcome addictions? How difficult is it for you to “Just Say No” to that cappuccino in the morning or that afternoon candy bar? Are you instantly drawn into a McDonald’s by the golden arches and the promise of hot, tasty fries?
Let us know what you think about the stories to be aired tonight on 60 Minutes and if you are unable to watch the show or miss it, return her later for the complete live recap of these stories.
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