Tuesday, April 21, 2009

183?

"The 2005 memo also says that the C.I.A. used waterboarding 183 times in March 2003 against Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."

I am not going to touch this one... but 183 times in a single month? Jeez.

And another quote from the article:
The Senate Intelligence Committee has begun a yearlong, closed-door investigation of the C.I.A. interrogation program, in part to assess claims of Bush administration officials that brutal treatment, including slamming prisoners into walls, shackling them in standing positions for days and confining them in small boxes, was necessary to get information.

1 comment:

James R Harvey said...

Never underestimate the the United States' ability to go bigger and better. My reaction is:
1. It's not like this is new to anyone. For heaven sake "The Taxi from the Dark Side" won an academy award for telling via first hand accounts. The CIA papers are only a secondary source so, of course, they need to be investigated.

2. Most of the analysis I have heard so far follows Peter's report about reaction to the NYT editorial. It doesn't deal with the morality of the torture, but whether or not it is good politically or strategically.