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FBI: Key Sept. 11 Leads Obtained Without Torture

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24 Apr 09 | NPR

One of the critical questions in the debate over the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation tactics is this: Did they work?

The case of Abu Zubaydah is often held up as the quintessential example of why enhanced interrogation techniques are a necessary evil. Former CIA director Michael Hayden said as much on Fox News last Sunday: “The critical information we got from Abu Zubaydah came after we began the EITs [enhanced interrogation techniques].”

Anchor Chris Wallace pressed him, “Not before?”

Hayden was emphatic. “No.”

In a recent editorial, Hayden was even more specific. He claimed that the enhanced interrogation techniques led to the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

That said, one of Zubaydah’s FBI interrogators, Ali Soufan, remembers it differently. Soufan wrote in The New York Times that Zubaydah talked without being coerced. >>>


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24 April 2009 at 5:45 pm

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