Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

So now it has been revealed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in one month. How many times he may have been waterboarded in other months is still unclear.

This isn't exactly what CIA officials have said before. Note this story:

Two years ago, a CIA official told ABC News that he had been water-boarded, and had won the admiration of his interrogators because it took him two to two-and-half minutes to start confessing - well beyond the average of 14 seconds observed in others.
So, waterboarding was so effective that he confessed in minutes. So effective apparently that the CIA decided to waterboard him another 182 times. What did all this waterboarding produce? From the same story:

Mohammed's claims to have been fully responsible for the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, the murder of Daniel Pearl, the 2002 Bali disco bombings and a host of lesser plots, both hatched and fully realised, were made public to great fanfare last week.

Almost immediately, however, legal experts said he appeared to be exaggerating his role for his own self-aggrandisement and may also have deliberately floated false claims to send US investigators on wild goose chases.
And also, just possibly, he made stuff up in an apparently futile attempt to get them to stop torturing him.


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