Torture Does Not Work

March 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Gee, imagine that.

When CIA officials subjected their first high-value captive, Abu Zubaida, to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, they were convinced that they had in their custody an al-Qaeda leader who knew details of operations yet to be unleashed, and they were facing increasing pressure from the White House to get those secrets out of him.

The methods succeeded in breaking him, and the stories he told of al-Qaeda terrorism plots sent CIA officers around the globe chasing leads.

In the end, though, not a single significant plot was foiled as a result of Abu Zubaida’s tortured confessions, according to former senior government officials who closely followed the interrogations. Nearly all of the leads attained through the harsh measures quickly evaporated, while most of the useful information from Abu Zubaida — chiefly names of al-Qaeda members and associates — was obtained before waterboarding was introduced, they said.

NOT A SINGLE SIGNIFICANT PLOT WAS FOILED AS A RESULT OF ABU ZUBAIDA’S TORTURED CONFESSIONS!

Let me repeat that again

NOT A SINGLE SIGNIFICANT PLOT WAS FOILED AS A RESULT OF ABU ZUBAIDA’S TORTURED CONFESSIONS!

and again

NOT A SINGLE SIGNIFICANT PLOT WAS FOILED AS A RESULT OF ABU ZUBAIDA’S TORTURED CONFESSIONS!

and again

NOT A SINGLE SIGNIFICANT PLOT WAS FOILED AS A RESULT OF ABU ZUBAIDA’S TORTURED CONFESSIONS!

once more, with feeling

NOT A SINGLE SIGNIFICANT PLOT WAS FOILED AS A RESULT OF ABU ZUBAIDA’S TORTURED CONFESSIONS!

Because torture does NOT work. It is meant to extract FALSE CONFESSIONS! Meanwhile, we have caused detrimental harm to our cause, and our supposed stand for what is right.

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