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:
The fact that bin Laden was found through a walk-in is a major, major deal. The CIA has been claiming it found OBL using torture FOR YEARS.
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) May 11, 2015
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.