If We’re Reduced to Judging the Wisdom of Torture by Asking Whether It ‘Worked’ …
Then here, read this:
It is unclear from unclassified reports whether the information gained was critical in foiling actual plots. Mohammed later told outside interviewers that he was “forced to invent in order to make the ill-treatment stop” and that he “wasted a lot of their time [with] several false red-alerts being placed in the U.S.,” according to the Red Cross, whose officials interviewed Mohammed and other detainees after they were transferred to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in September 2006.
The reference is to 9/11 architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, whom the CIA waterboarded 183 times in a month. But of course you can’t trust the liberal Red Cross, right? It’s not like any Americans who were tortured would ever give up the names of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive linemen when asked for names of his squadron mates or anything like that.
Oh, and one more thing. If you want to say waterboarding works, then you should be screaming at the CIA under Porter Goss for* stopping it, *since the CIA officially renounced waterboarding as an interrogation technique sometime after 2005, according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s torture timeline. You can’t say that Obama’s disclosures of the technique — not that he made any, since the CIA has acknowledged waterboarding for years — preclude the CIA from an interrogation option (shudder) that it stopped seeking.