From Hot Air:
President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.
“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.
Admiral Blair sent his memo on the same day the administration publicly released secret Bush administration legal memos authorizing the use of interrogation methods that the Obama White House has deemed to be illegal torture. Among other things, the Bush administration memos revealed that two captured Qaeda operatives were subjected to a form of near-drowning known as waterboarding a total of 266 times.
I have no problem with waterboarding non-citizens who are high level terrorists. Not a single problem. When someone talks about torture and such I like to throw this scenario at them:
Let’s say that you are out with your family, a van pulls up and men get out and snatch one of your kids. In the melee you manage to incapacitate one of them but the others flee with your child. Is there anything that you would not do to that person to get them to talk about where your child is? There is nothing that I would not do. A pair of pliers and a blowtorch come to mind, so faking drowning does not impress me with someone like Kalid Sheikh Mohamed. Beta males like our new president simply feel icky about demonstrating toughness, it is not in their character.
But I will say that I am bothered with the reported number of times; if waterboarding is as effective as some say, why did it take that many times?