Waterboarding saved LA? *
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: 9/11 mastermind, individual responsible for murderering 3,000 American civilians including women and children.
Federal government/DOJ now claims this man was tortured by Bush administration CIA.
Obama has changed his mind and will encourage investigations and prosecutions of American citizens for alleged torture.
You are President. It is several months after 9/11. All your intelligence officials and legal advisors say you have three high value detainees who have direct and intimate knowledge of an imminent attack.
This attack will take place on American soil.
You know at least 100,000 lives are at risk.
You don’t know when or exactly where the attack will occur, or by what means, but these detainees know. Your legal and intelligence advisors agree: the detainees have not responded to traditional forms of interrogation, including drugs.
Your advisors unanimously recommend you approve waterboarding to save American lives.
The sense of urgency is obvious, but you are assured that 1) waterboarding is legal, and 2) it is absolutely necessary to save American lives.
Question: Do you authorize waterboarding?
The Central Intelligence Agency told CNSNews.com today that it stands by the assertion made in a May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that the use of “enhanced techniques” of interrogation on al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) — including the use of waterboarding — caused KSM to reveal information that allowed the U.S. government to thwart a planned attack on Los Angeles.
Before he was waterboarded, when KSM was asked about planned attacks on the United States, he ominously told his CIA interrogators, “Soon, you will know.”