UPDATE - Senator Burr: Wrong on torture, wrong on the facts.

The NY Times article further contradicts Burr's assertion:

... two prisoners who underwent some of the harshest treatment — including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times — repeatedly misled their interrogators about the courier’s identity.

Glenn L. Carle, a retired C.I.A. officer who oversaw the interrogation of a high-level detainee in 2002, said in a phone interview Tuesday, that coercive techniques “didn’t provide useful, meaningful, trustworthy information.” He said that while some of his colleagues defended the measures, “everyone was deeply concerned and most felt it was un-American and did not work.”

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MSNBC on Tuesday reported that Senator Burr said the death of Osama Bin Laden was a direct result of enhanced interrogations (aka torture). Burr once again is caught misrepresenting the facts to justify another of his failed policy positions.

From MSNBC:

“The information that eventually led us to this compound was the direct result of enhanced interrogations; one can conclude if we had not used enhanced interrogations, we would not have come to yesterday's action,” US Senator Richard Burr in a telephone interview with CNBC.

The facts don’t back up Sen. Burr’s statement. The evidence suggests a key piece of intelligence, the first link in the chain of information that led to bin Laden wasn't retrieved through torture. In other words, torture failed to produce it.

From the AP, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, then al-Qaida's No. 3 leader:

…did not reveal the names of the couriers while being subjected to the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding former officials said. He identified them many months later under standard interrogation, they said.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee states torture didn't reveal the evidence that lead to OBL. Feinstein also revealed that the GOP members of the Senate Intelligence Committee pulled out of a study on the detention and interrogation of the detainees. I wonder why?

From Daily Kos:

Absolutely not, I do not. I happen to know a good deal about how those interrogations were conducted, and in my view nothing justifies the kind of procedures that were used. ...
We are in the process of a big study on the detention and interrogation of the detainees on the Intelligence Committee. The Republicans have pulled out of the study. So this has been carried out by the Democratic staff essentially. They have gone through more than 3 million emails, cables, pieces of paper looking for this.
To date, the answer to your question is no. Nothing has been found to indicate this came out of Guantanamo. And people were questioned, but there were no positive answers as to the identity of this number one courier.

Comments

James, I vote

A or D. Just sayin...

Senator Burr supports American soldiers being tortured........

From The Revolutionary War until President Bush was elected in 2000 The American government and people rejected the use of torture.....Even when we knew our own soldiers were being tirtured by our enemies, America stayed the higher ground and refused to bend to the level of our enemies. Under Bush America officially embraced torture. By doing so we validated it's usefulness as a tool of war. We also validated our enemies in their torture of our U.S. soldiers when captured. We have said to the world "Torture is a good, fair and acceptable tool.
We lost the high groud there. We lost the ability to defend our oun soldiers and the state of thier imprisonment by our enemies. We gave them the green light to torture openly and removed our moral right to object.
Senator Burr supported ushering in torture of our enemies by our own government. In doing so he supported the torture, past, present and future, of all American soldiers and agents captured by our enemies. His Anti American, Anti Constitution conduct is simply terrible.

Senator Burr and those who believe as he obviously does not adhere to "All men are born with certian unalienable rights bestowed upon them by their creator". (paraphrased)

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03