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CIA chief Leon Panetta has written a private letter to Senator John McCain that offers the most detailed answer yet to questions about the relationship between torture and Osama Bin Laden’s death — and undercuts the claim by former Bush administration officials that torture was key to Bin Laden’s killing.
Let me further point out that we first learned about the facilitator/courier’s nom de guerre from a detainee not in CIA custody in 2002. It is also important to note that some detainees who were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques attempted to provide false or misleading information about the facilitator/courier. These attempts to falsify the facilitator/courier’s role were alerting.
In the end, no detainee in CIA custody revealed the facilitator/courier’s full true name or specific whereabouts. This information was discovered through other intelligence means.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Originally posted by Praetorius
I am not usually inclined to agree with John Mccain on a good many issues, but I believe he is absolutely correct in his opposition to the policy of enhanced interrogation
Originally posted by mistermonculous
Those employing enhanced interrogation methods are already perfectly aware of their inefficacy. The question we must ask is, why do they do it?
Nearly 10 years of intensive intelligence work led the CIA to conclude that Bin Ladin was likely hiding at the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. there was no one “essential and indispensible” key piece of information that led us to this conclusion. Rather, the intelligence picture was developed via painstaking collection and analysis. Multiple streams of intelligence — including from detainees, but also from multiple other sources — led CIA analysts to conclude that Bin Ladin was at this compound.
NBC’s Brian Williams on Tuesday asked CIA Director Leon Panetta, “Are you denying that water boarding was, in part...used to extract the intelligence that led to this successful mission?”
“No,” Panetta replied. Intelligence officers “used these enhanced interrogation techniques against some of these detainees.” Williams asked if that “handy euphemism...includes water boarding.” Panetta replied, “That’s correct.”