Posted by Brad @ 10:30 am on January 27th 2010

Nobody Reads Retractions

But it’s worth noting. A high profile CIA guy who was interviewed in 2007 claimed that Abu Zubaydah cracked under mere seconds of waterboarding, and that “from that day on, he answered every question. The threat information he provided disrupted a number of attacks, maybe dozens of attacks.” This of course made the rounds, particularly in places like NRO, as evidence that torture works. We of course did find out that that wasn’t entirely true—Zubaydah was waterboarding 80 some odd times per month.

Anyway, John Kiriakou now admits he more or less had no better idea about it than the rest of us. It was just “something he heard”, that he’s now pretty sure is probably wrong. He in fact hints that it was just something the CIA nudged him into saying (although the CIA, in responding to that claim, gives the perhaps more likely read of “maybe he was just talking out of his ass”). Anyway, yeah, John Kiriakou, waterboarding works, by his own admission has no idea what he’s talking about.


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