CIA Director: Torture Did Not Lead To Osama Bin Laden

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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:

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.