Senator John McCain has come out saying that evidence relating to Osama bin Laden’s capture was not obtained by waterboarding or torture from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, saying the evidence was gathered without the use of torture.
In an opinion piece he wrote for The Washington Post, McCain said even though al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden eluded capture for nearly a decade “he lived long enough to witness what some are calling the Arab Spring, the complete repudiation of his violent ideology.”
“This is one of the problems in torturing people,” McCain said. “You get good information and you get bad information also … it’s pretty clear you could have gotten the same good information through using standard techniques, which don’t entail waterboarding and other forms of cruel and inhumane treatment.”
From the Telegraph UK
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks gave up the name of Osama bin Laden’s personal courier to the CIA after being “water boarded” at Guantanamo Bay, resulting in a raid on a compound in Pakistan where bin Laden was being hidden by the Pakistani government that ended with Osama bin Laden being killed in a firefight.
Abu Faraj al-Libi also an al-Qaeda “leader” held at Guantanamo Bay helped bin Laden find places to hide in various places in Pakistan according to top secret government documents.
Interrogation and torture of Abu Faraj al-Libi led him to give up the name of a courier that led the CIA to the compound where bin Laden was hiding.
Amnesty International has come out saying that the killing of bin Laden must not be used as evidence that torture is “justifiable”.
The CIA eventually found out where bin Laden was hiding last August after spies tracked the movements of a courier of bin Laden that led them to the compound where bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan.