6.16.2009

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed In Response To Dick Cheney's Torture: ‘I Make Up Stories’

Here's another nail in the coffin of Dick Cheney's "enhanced interrogation techniques worked" meme. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was tortured 183 times while at Guantánamo Bay, said he gave false info to the CIA after he had already given good info prior to being tortured. In other words, Cheney torture programs casued him (and most certianly the other who were tortured) to make shit up in order to get them to stop.

From Think Progress:

The Bush administration has long justified its use of torture by claiming that it obtained valuable information from torturing 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Late last year, former Vice President Dick Cheney said, “Did it produce the desire results? I think it did.” He explained:

I think, for example, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the number three man in al Qaeda, the man who planned the attacks of 9/11, provided us with a wealth of information.

But according to documents released by the Obama administration in response to a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, Cheney was lying. Mohammed told U.S. military officials that he gave false information to the CIA after withstanding torture:

“I make up stories,” Mohammed said, describing in broken English an interrogation probably administered by the CIA that concerned the location of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“Where is he? I don’t know. Then he torture me,” Mohammed said. “Then I said, ‘Yes, he is in this area.’”

The torture of Mohammed, who we know was waterboarded 183 times in one month, “underscores the unreliability of statements obtained by torture.”

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