After President Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, tweeted, "Wonder what President Obama thinks of waterboarding now?"
Rep. Peter King, R-NY, said, "Osama bin Laden would not have been captured and killed if it were not for the initial information we got from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed after he was waterboarded."
So what led U.S. forces to find bin Laden's Pakistan compound? The reported key was identifying the courier who transported the terrorist leader's messages. The only clue in 2002 and 2003 was the man's fake name: Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti.
In 2003, the chief planner of the Sept. 11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured, held at secret CIA prisons and waterboarded 183 times.
Waterboarding involves water being poured over the mouth and nose of a restrained prisoner, creating the sensation of drowning. It can cause extreme pain; damage to the lungs and brain; other injuries, including broken bones from struggling against restraints; and psychological damage.
Months after his waterboarding ended -- according to New York Times and Associated Press reports -- Mohammed was asked about the courier. He said he knew little but that the courier was "retired."
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