Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Torture didn't lead to Osama bin Laden

As we celebrate the death of one of America's greatest enemies, Osama bin Laden, former CIA agent Jose Rodriguez says torture led to the killing of bin Laden. Rodriguez told this to the Washington Post. He is on a book tour. Of course.

Two senators are refuting Rodriguez's view. The controversy really comes down to whether torture led to the idenity of bin Laden's courier. That person lead the United States to the location of bin Laden. The two Senators Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) recently completed a report for the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to the Huffington Post, the following conclusion was reached.

"Feinstein and Levin wrote that the CIA didn't first learn about the courier who led the U.S. to bin Laden's hideout from detainees who were "subjected to coercive techniques." The techniques didn't help identify the courier by name or the location of bin Laden's compound, the senators said."

Here's the story from the Huffington Post.

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