As former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, I read with interest the article on Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. [“From ex-CIA official, a blunt defense of harsh interrogation,” Style, April 25]. There are points to which I take exception, but perhaps the most important is the contention that those who oppose torture argue that with “more patience, the same information could have been obtained without such harsh methods.” Rather, the vast majority of professional interrogators and military officers know that professional interrogation that adheres to the laws banning torture will yield better information in the same time frame.

Torture, even if you call it “enhanced interrogation,” is counterproductive, illegal, immoral and unreliable. History has taught us that there is little to gain and much to lose when we use torture. It’s time we learn those lessons.

Harry E. Soyster, Alexandria