George Washington’s Blog
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Monday, I pointed out that Bin Laden’s death does not justify torture.
Top republicans and democrats – who have direct knowledge of waterboarding at Guantanamo – agree.
White House deputy national security advisor John Brennann says that waterboarding did not lead to the death of Bin Laden.
Former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld – who had a big hand in the torture program – agrees:
“The United States Department of Defense did not do waterboarding for interrogation purposes to anyone. It is true that some information that came from normal interrogation approaches at Guantanamo did lead to information that was beneficial in this instance. But it was not harsh treatment and it was not waterboarding.”As does Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein:
Nothing has been found to indicate this came out of Guantanamo. And people were questioned, but there were no positive answers as to the identity of this number one courier.
[Asked whether she considers the Bin Laden killing any kind of “vindication” of torture, Feinstein replied] Absolutely not. I do not. I happen to know a good deal about how those interrogations were conducted, and in my view, nothing justifies the kind of procedures that were used.
And Senator Lindsey Graham – a vocal proponent of waterboarding – said:
This idea we caught bin Laden because of waterboarding I think is a misstatement. This whole concept of how we caught bin Laden is a lot of work over time by different people and putting the puzzle together. I do not believe this is a time to celebrate waterboarding, I believe this is a time to celebrate hard work.Source...