Monday, May 02, 2011

Did the Tip That Led to Discovery of Bin Laden's Location Came from "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" Banned by Obama?

The New York Times is reporting that the information on bin Laden's courier that led to his compound and the al-Qaeda leader's death was derived from interrogating Guantanamo Bay detainees. According to Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute, those detainees were Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi, and the courier's name was disclosed during CIA interrogations using enhanced interrogation techniques - techniques the Obama administration banned the CIA from using. Thiessen writes:

Before coming to Gitmo, both [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libi] were held by the CIA as part of the agency’s enhanced interrogation program, and provided the information that led to bin Laden’s death after undergoing interrogation by the CIA. In other words, the crowning achievement of Obama’s presidency came as a direct result of the CIA interrogation program he has denigrated and shut down. Something the president forgot to mention last night, when he claimed credit for “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.” The president owes some thanks—and apologies—to the men and women of the CIA’s interrogation program.
Adds the Jewish Policy Center:


If Thiessen's statement proves true, not only would bin Laden's death be a feather in Obama's cap, but former President Bush's as well for instituting those techniques.
[Hat tip: Jewish Policy Center]

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