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What Cheney Tells You Is Wrong

Liam Evans
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Dec 17, 2008

From Dick Cheney’s exit interview with ABC News:

The professionals involved in [the torture] program were very, very cautious, very careful — wouldn’t do anything without making certain it was authorized and that it was legal. And any suggestion to the contrary is just wrong. Did it produce the desired results? I think it did.

I think, for example, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the number three man in al Qaeda, the man who planned the attacks of 9/11, provided us with a wealth of information. There was a period of time there, three or four years ago, when about half of everything we knew about al Qaeda came from that one source. So, it’s been a remarkably successful effort. I think the results speak for themselves.

From David Rose’s new Vanity Fair piece about torture:

As for K.S.M. [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] himself, who (as Jane Mayer reports) was waterboarded, reportedly hung for hours on end from his wrists, beaten, and subjected to other agonies for weeks, Bush said he provided “many details of other plots to kill innocent Americans.” K.S.M. was certainly knowledgeable. It would be surprising if he gave up nothing of value. But according to a former senior C.I.A. official, who read all the interrogation reports on K.S.M., “90 percent of it was total fucking bullshit.” A former Pentagon analyst adds: “K.S.M. produced no actionable intelligence. He was trying to tell us how stupid we were.”

So “about half of everything we knew about al Qaeda” three or four years ago was 90 percent “wrong.” Interestingly, what you could have found out without torture is that Al Qaeda uses torture as a propaganda tool to recruit terrorists. Who needs Khalid Sheikh Mohammed when you have Dick Cheney?

Liam Evans | Liam Evans is a freelance writer and social media manager who specializes in assisting finance professionals and Fintech entrepreneurs in growing their online audience and attracting more paying customers. Liam worked as a bank teller and virtual assistant for financial firms in the United States and the United Kingdom for six years before beginning her writing career.

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