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Bush's counterterror chief defends harsh interrogations
CBS News ^ | May 4, 2011 | By Stephanie Condon

Posted on 05/04/2011 7:24:02 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA's counterterrorism center who oversaw the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques," gave his first public interview to Time magazine this week to defend the role the use of techniques like waterboarding played in the operation against Osama bin Laden.

"Information provided by KSM and Abu Faraj al-Libi about Bin Laden's courier was the lead information that eventually led to the location of [bin Laden's] compound and the operation that led to his death," Rodriguez told Time.

Rodriguez ran the CIA's CounterTerrorism Center from 2002 to 2005, when KSM and al-Libi were taken into custory and subjected to "enhanced interrogation." The Justice Department investigated Rodriguez last year for the destruction of videos showing the interrogation of senior al Qaeda officials, but Rodriguez was cleared of charges.

The White House and other officials have played down the significance of enhanced interrogations in the operation to hunt down bin Laden, but Rodriguez's remarks drew one of the White House's strongest criticisms yet.

"There is no way that information obtained by [enhanced interrogation techniques] was the decisive intelligence that led us directly to bin Laden," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Time. "It took years of collection and analysis from many different sources to develop the case that enabled us to identify this compound, and reach a judgment that bin Laden was likely to be living there."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: binladen; osama; osamabinladen; osamaobama

1 posted on 05/04/2011 7:24:06 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"There is no way that information obtained by [enhanced interrogation techniques] was the decisive intelligence that led us directly to bin Laden," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Time. "It took years of collection and analysis from many different sources to develop the case that enabled us to identify this compound, and reach a judgment that bin Laden was likely to be living there."

Doesn't look like this buttmunch addressed the central premise of Mr. Rodriquez's assertion

"Information provided by KSM and Abu Faraj al-Libi about Bin Laden's courier was the lead information that eventually led to the location of [bin Laden's] compound and the operation that led to his death,"

He didn't say it was the "decisive" evidence. Idiots.

2 posted on 05/04/2011 7:30:20 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I love that this post is all over FB:

Let’s be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found UBL and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!!

A LOT of people see right through Obama’s BS.


3 posted on 05/04/2011 7:35:37 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Waterboard Obama get answers.


4 posted on 05/04/2011 8:11:10 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Who is idiot enough to be interviewed by Time magazine where your pearls of wisdom will by read by enough people to fill a telephone booth?

Leni

5 posted on 05/04/2011 8:20:04 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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