CIA Director: Torture Did Not Lead To Osama Bin Laden

John McCain writes:

I asked CIA Director Leon Panetta for the facts, and he told me the following: The trail to bin Laden did not begin with a disclosure from Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times. The first mention of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti — the nickname of the al-Qaeda courier who ultimately led us to bin Laden — as well as a description of him as an important member of al-Qaeda, came from a detainee held in another country, who we believe was not tortured. None of the three detainees who were waterboarded provided Abu Ahmed’s real name, his whereabouts or an accurate description of his role in al-Qaeda.

In fact, the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on Khalid Sheik Mohammed produced false and misleading information. He specifically told his interrogators that Abu Ahmed had moved to Peshawar, got married and ceased his role as an al-Qaeda facilitator — none of which was true. According to the staff of the Senate intelligence committee, the best intelligence gained from a CIA detainee — information describing Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti’s real role in al-Qaeda and his true relationship to bin Laden — was obtained through standard, noncoercive means.

And see this:

http://abcnews.go.com/assets/player/walt2.6/flash/SFP_Walt_2_65.swf

While Senator McCain is a Republican and Leon Panetta a Democrat, this is not a partisan issue. George Washington – the father of our country before there were any parties – was against torture. Torture is simply un-American.

And the multitude of high-level interrogators working for the military and intelligence agencies who have said that torture produces bad intelligence come from across the ranks of the Republican, Democratic and independent parties.

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  • Howard T. Lewis III

    Kalid Sheik Mohammed is an innocent man. Rumsfeld and the other Bush gay S&M pedophile crowd knew it and the entire American foreign policy against the middle east has been carried out with their sick amusement in mind. bin Laden died of kidney failure in 2001 and they knew it.

 

 

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