Al Qaeda Leaders Waterboarded 266 Times

According to newly released documents, CIA interrogators used waterboarding at least 266 times on two top al Qaeda suspects.

From CNN:

The controversial technique that simulates drowning — and which President Obama calls torture — was used at least 83 times in August 2002 on suspected al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah, according to the memo.

Interrogators also waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times in March 2003. Mohammed is believed to be the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Obama released the memo Thursday, saying that “exceptional circumstances surround these memos and require their release.”

The memo, dated May 30, 2005, was from then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General Steven G. Bradbury to John Rizzo, who was acting general counsel for the CIA.

It paints a different picture from the one described by former CIA officer John Kiriakou. In a December 2007 interview with CNN, Kiriakou said Zubaydah had been waterboarded for “about 30 seconds, 35 seconds” and agreed to cooperate with interrogators the following day.

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One Comment on “Al Qaeda Leaders Waterboarded 266 Times”

  1. reaganiterepublican Says:

    Waterboarding?

    If the tables were turned, this 7th-century savage would have been chopping our heads off while making a video of it.

    Water boarding is not a near-drowning technique. The subject is never in danger of drowning. And water boarding is not torture… there is no physical harm to the subject.

    Kahlid Sheikh Mohammed is a bad guy, and US interrigators obtained valuable info from him using this technique- who cares how many times it took? It was up to him how long before he decided to cooperate, didn’t have to be this way necessarily- apparently he clung stubbornly to a bad decision, sounds like something he’d do.

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