Torture “slowed down” the search for bin Laden, says military interrogator

Military interrogator: Torture ‘slowed down’ effort to find bin Laden
by Joan McCarter

Here’s former military interrogator Matthew Alexander on Democracy Now:


Click on the image to watch the video at Democracy Now.

Matthew Alexander (a pseudonym) is a former senior military interrogator who conducted or supervised over 1,300 interrogations in Iraq, leading to the capture of numerous al-Qaeda leaders. In the interview, he goes through the information we already know that demonstrates that we got no actionable information on bin Laden from torture. From therush transcript:

One of the things that people aren’t talking about is the fact that one of the people that was confronted with this information that bin Laden had a courier is Skaykh al-Libi, who was held in a CIA secret prison and was tortured and who gave his CIA interrogators the name of the courier as being Maulawi Jan. And the CIA chased down that information and found out that person didn’t exist, that al-Libi had lied. And nobody is talking about the fact that al-Libi caused us to waste resources and time by chasing a false lead because he was tortured.

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