Skip to comments.CIA officials: Crucial info in bin Laden capture came from tactics now forsworn by Obama
Posted on 05/05/2011 11:19:37 PM PDT by Anti-Hillary
An al-Qaida suspect who was subjected to harsh interrogation techniques at a secret CIA prison in early 2004 provided his interrogators with a clue the nom de guerre of a mysterious courier that ultimately proved crucial to finding and killing Osama bin Laden, officials said Wednesday.
The CIA had approved use of sleep deprivation, slapping, nudity, water dousing and other coercive techniques at the now-closed CIA "black site" in Poland where the Pakistani-born detainee, Hassan Ghul, was held, according to a 2005 Justice Department memo, which cited Ghul by name. Two U.S. officials said Wednesday that some of those now-prohibited practices were directed at Ghul.
The Obama administration has forsworn those interrogation tactics, and the CIA no longer captures or interrogates terror suspects, the agency says. The CIA has sharply increased the use of armed Predator drones and military commando raids to kill them, or passed intelligence tips to other governments to capture or kill them instead.
The current CIA director, Leon Panetta, said it was impossible to know if the same information could have been gleaned without using those techniques, which have been banned under President Barack Obama.
"The debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches, I think, is always going to be an open question," Panetta told NBC News on Tuesday.
(Excerpt) Read more at jewishworldreview.com ...
I have plenty.
CIA payback. You knew it wss gonna come eventually.
Perhaps its just the 'down payment' on the payback. The intel folks are justifiably none too happy about the leaking of the intel assets obtain in the raid. I expect more to come...
They have been “none too happy” since obsama took over the Whitehouse...and even less so that his racist, anti-American injustice department decided to prosecute the CIA interrogators whose intel he just exploited for his own political gain...and today turned his back on Debra Burlingame when she asked him to intervene on their behalf.
Oh, yeah. Payback until it’s paid in full.