Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Beheading terrorists prevented waterboarding attack
The CIA confirmed reports that beheading of high-value terror detainees in US custody produced valuable intelligence which allowed American agents to thwart plans to waterboard innocent American citizens.
CIA interrogators indicated that al Qaida leader and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed was uncooperative and belligerent, refusing to give up details of the planned "Second Wave" of attacks on America. When subjected to less persuasive forms of interrogation, KSM gave the ominous response: "Soon you'll get really wet."
But with the "enhanced" interrogation technique, KSM quickly offered up information leading to the arrest of a cell of East Asian operatives and the seizure of lumber and towels, apparently intended for use in the waterboarding attack.
According to a memo from CIA Acting General Counsel John A. Rizzo, "Cutting off a terrorist's head is a small price to pay to keep American citizens from experiencing a minute or two of intense discomfort and getting their hair frazzled."