Senators On Intelligence Committee Say Rodriguez Wrong: Torture Ineffective
Senators Dianne Feinstein (pictured) and Carl Levin issued a statement to dispute assertions in a book by former CIA clandestine services director Jose Rodriguez, Jr. that enhanced interrogation worked.
The statement rebutted various claims that critical information about Bin Laden’s courier came from Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, who was subjected to waterboarding 183 times. Nor did such information come from another Qaeda figure, Abu Faraj al-Libi, who received some harsh treatment, though he was not waterboarded, the statement said.
In addition, the statement rejected claims that tough treatment drew valuable information about Bin Laden’s courier from a third detainee, unidentified in the statement. While the third detainee did provide useful information about the courier, he did so before he was subjected to the tough C.I.A. methods, the senators said.
The Senate Intelligence Committee did a three-year study and no Republican was willing to take part.