Wednesday, February 6, 2008

wonder what mccain will say about this one?

CIA Director Michael Hayden testified before Congress on Tuesday that government interrogators used waterboarding, often described as simulated drowning, on three suspects captured after the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001.

Defending the harsh interrogations, Hayden told reporters on Tuesday the questioning of Mohammed and Zubaydah accounted for one-quarter of human intelligence reports on al Qaeda from the time of their capture in 2002 and 2003 until they were delivered to Guantanamo Bay prison in 2006.

perhaps they thought this news story would go unnoticed on super tuesday. not so... sorry guys.

i wonder what that "intelligence" was? (it wasn't us, it was intelligence! bad intelligence!) i'm surprised they didn't make something up about how this "intelligence" directly prevented a planned attack against the us. of course, even if they had collected such information (doubtful imo), telling us about it would be giving the american people information, something this administration has consistently refused to do.

until now, for some reason. wonder why they finally released this info. maybe bush and his cronies are finally just giving up. or maybe they really want mccain to lose.

still, with al-qaeda growing stronger in pakistan, iraq, and throughout the world, and bin laden still un-captured (as far as we know), one wonders exactly how useful that torture-derived "intelligence" really was.

regardless of its "usefulness," torture is clearly unacceptable, as amnesty international said in its response to hayden's announcement.

mccain's comments on waterboarding from september 22, 2006

let's see if he changes his tune...

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