U.S. Sen. John McCain, perhaps the only member of Congress who understands torture as something other than a State of the Union address, tackles the topic today in a Washington Post op-ed.
McCain declared as “false” contentions that intelligence leading to the death of Osama bin Laden came through techniques such as waterboarding:
”I asked CIA Director Leon Panetta for the facts, and he told me the following: The trail to bin Laden did not begin with a disclosure from Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times.
“The first mention of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti — the nickname of the al-Qaeda courier who ultimately led us to bin Laden — as well as a description of him as an important member of al-Qaeda, came from a detainee held in another country, who we believe was not tortured.
“None of the three detainees who were waterboarded provided Abu Ahmed’s real name, his whereabouts or an accurate description of his