The CIA stands by the use of waterboarding done on terrorist Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) that motivated him to cough up information that thwarted an attack on Los Angeles, according to CNS News.
Some liberals (who seem to be more worried about making terrorists uncomfortable than they are about national security and the safety of Americans) get upset at the idea that a tiny handful of the worst terrorists out there were waterboarded (an interrogation technique that results in no real physical harm to the terrorist).
If they’re concerned about real torture, they should check some of al-Qaeda’s torture chambers. But then, we must remember that in the liberal mind these are “misunderstood persons” waging “man-made disasters” who are the victims of poverty and American imperialism.
Their self-loathing and guilt over the success and prosperity of the United States dictates they publicly agonize over the most slightly harsh action of their own nation in wartime (a contradiction in itself) while turning a blind eye to the barbarism of our enemy.
Regardless, this is an excerpt from CNS News regarding what this non-invasive interrogation technique (often used on some of our own troops in training) yielded–and undoubtedly saved American lives:
Before they were subjected to “enhanced techniques” of interrogation that included waterboarding, KSM and Zubaydah were not only uncooperative but also appeared contemptuous of the will of the American people to defend themselves.
“In particular, the CIA believes that it would have been unable to obtain critical information from numerous detainees, including KSM and Abu Zubaydah, without these enhanced techniques,” says the Justice Department memo. “Both KSM and Zubaydah had ‘expressed their belief that the general US population was ‘weak,’ lacked resilience, and would be unable to ‘do what was necessary’ to prevent the terrorists from succeeding in their goals.’ Indeed, before the CIA used enhanced techniques in its interrogation of KSM, KSM resisted giving any answers to questions about future attacks, simply noting, ‘Soon you will know.’”
After he was subjected to the “waterboard” technique, KSM became cooperative, providing intelligence that led to the capture of key al Qaeda allies and, eventually, the closing down of an East Asian terrorist cell that had been tasked with carrying out the 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles.
The May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that details what happened in this regard was written by then-Principal Deputy Attorney General Steven G. Bradbury to John A. Rizzo, the senior deputy general counsel for the CIA.
“You have informed us that the interrogation of KSM—once enhanced techniques were employed—led to the discovery of a KSM plot, the ‘Second Wave,’ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles,” says the memo.
“You have informed us that information obtained from KSM also led to the capture of Riduan bin Isomuddin, better known as Hambali, and the discover of the Guraba Cell, a 17-member Jemaah Islamiyah cell tasked with executing the ‘Second Wave,’” reads the memo. “More specifically, we understand that KSM admitted that he had [redaction] large sum of money to an al Qaeda associate [redaction] … Khan subsequently identified the associate (Zubair), who was then captured. Zubair, in turn, provided information that led to the arrest of Hambali. The information acquired from these captures allowed CIA interrogators to pose more specific questions to KSM, which led the CIA to Hambali’s brother, al Hadi. Using information obtained from multiple sources, al-Hadi was captured, and he subsequently identified the Garuba cell.
Thousands of people in Los Angeles may owe their lives to the information obtained by waterboarding KSM.
Many liberals seem unwilling or incapable of understanding that while we interrogate to save innocent lives, terrorists employ sadistic torture with the intent to inflict pain and terror. It was done in rare, exigent circumstances to obtain life-saving information…and done without real physical damage to the bloodthirsty terrorist.
Of course, all this weak-kneed public hand-wringing over our life-saving interrogation techniques will make them far less effective if not totally ineffective in any future situations.
Once again, we have allowed liberals to take a useful tool for defending the country and saving lives and throw it on the trash pile.