Waterboarding - Is It Torture? Does it Work? Well, it Saved American Lives

Obama previously released OLC memos, and basically called them criminal. The released memos present the threat of prosecutions involving the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi Binalshibh, and Abu Zubaydah. But the CIA is unbending, saying the waterboarding saved American lives.

The Central Intelligence Agency told CNSNews.com today that it stands by the assertion made in a May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that the use of “enhanced techniques” of interrogation on al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) — including the use of waterboarding — caused KSM to reveal information that allowed the U.S. government to thwart a planned attack on Los Angeles.

Before he was waterboarded, when KSM was asked about planned attacks on the United States, he ominously told his CIA interrogators, “Soon, you will know.”

According to the previously classified May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that was released by President Barack Obama last week, the thwarted attack — which KSM called the “Second Wave”– planned “ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles.”

According to hotair.com:

"KSM initially resisted all other interrogation procedures, right up to the waterboard. He insisted that Americans did not have the necessary resolve to get information out of him, and that we would only know about the next plot when it killed hundreds, if not thousands again. Only after the waterboard did KSM cough up the information on the “second wave” attacks, and the CIA and other national-security agencies stopped it."

Is waterboarding torture, that's up to debate. But it does show that torture, and torture like methods do produce results. If they can be done in a humane way, without serious injury, I say do it, and do it again. If these methods could save the life of you, me, and the rest of America, bring out the hose. Those on both sides of the issue need to admit that torture methods do work. That isn't the question. The question is, do we use the techniques, and if so, how far do we go.


disgussted said...

Waterboarding is gross. I dont understand how some one could even think of doing that to some one else. I have a feeling that this is going to be the next big thing for teens if it is not stopped now! Its just like when teens were hanging and strangaling each other to get a high until they passed out. What happens when they start to die from this. What will we do, how far will we let it go?

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