CIA Myth that Torture Led to Bin Laden Is Finally Dead

Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Seymour Hersh’s new report shreds the CIA’s claim that torture led the U.S. getting bin Laden.

Specifically, Hersh reports – and NBC news confirms – that it was not information gained through torture which pinpointed Bin Laden’s location. Rather, it was a voluntary tip from Pakistani intelligence.

The ACLU’s Trevor Timm notes:

This is nothing new …

A spokesman for the National Security Council (Tommy Vietor) said in 2011:

The bottom line is this: If we had some kind of smoking-gun intelligence from waterboarding in 2003, we would have taken out Osama bin Laden in 2003.

We’ve previously documented that former CIA director Leon Panetta, current CIA director John Brennan (when he was White House deputy national security advisor), former SecDef Donald Rumsfeld, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator John McCain and many others say that torture did NOT help get Bin Laden.

Indeed, Bin Laden has always been a prop in the war on terror … both in life and death.

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  • Gord Hicks

    Would anybody with half a wit have believed them if they had claimed torture led to killing Bin Laden?

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  • auskiwi

    Bin Laden died of either kidney failure, Marfan’s syndrome or both, years before the staged propaganda stunt orchestrated by Obama. Why didn’t they capture or interrogate Bin Laden? Because he wasn’t around to capture and interrogate. This stunt went down the only logical way it could have in the circumstances – the body was taken from the scene and dumped at sea, leaving no loose ends. Or so the story goes. Maybe they killed Bin Laden’s double, maybe nobody died that day. One thing is for sure, a lot of Navy Seals in the unit connected to that stunt have died since then. More loose ends tied up. Dead men tell no tales, as the saying goes.