New Senate Report Finds That Torture Was Not Key In Finding Bin Laden

A new Senate report concludes what many of us knew from the beginning: Torture doesn't work and played no role in finding Bin Laden.
New Senate Report Finds That Torture Was Not Key In Finding Bin Laden

Remember when Zero Dark Thirty came out and conservatives and journos went crazy because they felt the movie depicted that torture was key in eventually finding Bin Laden?

Well, guess what? A new Senate report is about to be released and its findings say that torture DID NOT play a role in finding Bin Laden.

A forthcoming Senate report concludes that waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques did not provide any critical evidence that aided the hunt for Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press reports.Congressional aides and other experts familiar with the review shared its findings with the AP.

Congressional aides and other experts familiar with the review shared its findings with the AP. The CIA, however, disputes that conclusion. Bush administration officials claimed enhanced interrogation techniques led to evidence that pointed to bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the highest-level al Qaeda member detained by the United States and was waterboarded 183 times, the AP reports. While intelligence officials have said Mohammed mentioned an al Qaeda courier, he didn’t emphasize the person’s significance or identify his name. Sources told the AP that the report, therefore, showed he didn’t provide critical information.

That courier is the person who led the CIA to bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) have said the CIA did not learn details about the courier through the agency’s detention and interrogation program.According to the AP, Feinstein will push to release a summary of the investigation this week, but documents might take months to declassify.

Will this finally send Dick & Liz Cheney to the corner whenever they foam at the mouth on TV over their love of enhanced interrogations? One would hope so, but I wouldn't bet on it.

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