What You’re Not Hearing: CIA Success

Posted: August 31, 2009 in Security
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Amidst all the scrutiny that Washington is pouring out against the CIA, there are actually some rather positive reports that have come out of the released documents.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-acclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was not very talkative during his initial interrogations in which the CIA just talked to him and asked questions. After these tactics failed, the interrogators turned to more controversial methods including waterboarding and sleep deprivation.

Following these methods Mohammed became one of the greatest sources of information about the Al Qaeda network. He suddenly, “seemed to relish the opportunity, sometimes for hours on end, to discuss the inner workings of Al Qaeda and the group’s plans, ideology and operatives,” and even used a chalkboard at times to illustrate his information.

While the methods that ended up being used are “controversial,” there is no doubt that the decision to use them after failed attempts of gentler techniques worked to unmask the inner workings of Al Qaeda, But now control of the operation is being placed in the hands of the White House.


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