Bin Laden's death rekindles 'enhanced' interrogation debateThe sad truth is, we'll never know for sure what "techniques" were employed to gain information from the terrorists we warehouse at Gitmo and prisons in eastern Europe that brought our helicopters to bin Laden's doorstep in Abbottabad.
By Michael Isikoff, NBC News
The trail that led to the doorstep of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan began years earlier with aggressive interrogations of al-Qaida detainees at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and CIA “black site" prisons overseas, according to U.S. officials.
It was those sometimes controversial interrogations that first produced descriptions of members of bin Laden’s courier network, including one critical Middle Eastern courier who along with his brother was protecting bin Laden at his heavily fortified compound in Abbottabad on Sunday. Both the courier and his brother were among those killed, along with bin Laden, in the dramatic raid by U.S. special forces.
“Multiple sources of intelligence led us to where we are,” one senior U.S. intelligence official, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters on Monday. “Key information was gleaned from detainees (and) that detainee reporting provided insight into the (bin Laden) courier network.” [link]
If this is true, though, it shoots holes in the arguments put forth by all those "experts" that "enhanced interrogation techniques" don't work.