Two senators privy to classified information angrily dispute the claim by a former CIA official that the Bush administration's coercive interrogation techniques were effective andhelped locate Osama bin Laden.
Jose Rodriguez, former head of CIA clandestine services, told the Washington Post last week that he is “certain, beyond any doubt" that the techniques "approved at the highest levels of the U.S. government … shielded the people of the United States from harm and led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden."
But senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said in a statement on Monday they were "deeply troubled" by Rodriguez's statements that the CIA"s "so-called 'enhanced interrogation techniques' used many years ago were a central component of our success," in finding the al Qaeda leader, killed by U.S. commandos in a raid in Pakistan a year ago Tuesday.
"This view is misguided and misinformed," the senators wrote.
Feinstein's Senate Intelligence Committee has prepared a 500-page report that, according to Reuters, concludes that records from the Bush administration fail to support claims that torture was effective in stopping any terrorist attack.
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."Instead, the CIA learned of the existence of the courier, his true name and location through means unrelated to the CIA detention and interrogation program," wrote Feinstein and Levin in the statement.
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Hmm i knew this has been said before but a 500 and something damn report... Sounds a wii bit convening. Interesting to see what comes from this..