7,721. 5/4/2011

In an article about enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs), which may have provided the information needed to track down Osama bin Laden through one of his couriers, “One former senior intelligence official says that ‘once KSM [9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] decided resistance was unwise, he started spilling his guts to the agency and started providing lots of info, like the noms de guerre of couriers and explaining how al-Qaeda worked.’ [Former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center Jose] Rodriguez says, ‘It’s a mistake to say this was about inflicting pain. These measures were about instilling a sense of hopelessness, and that led them to compliance.’ None of the Bush officials made a clear distinction between inducing compliance and torture.”

 – Massimo Calabresi, “Ex-CIA Counterterror Chief: EIT’s Led to Osama,” Time, May 4, 2011

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