Agents Say Waterboarding Turned Around Terrorist
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2009 2:20 PM CDT
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in 2003.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – After being waterboarded 183 times and deprived of sleep for a week, self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Kalid Sheikh Mohammed transformed from an avowed enemy of the US into a sort of CIA guest lecturer, the Washington Post reports. Two anonymous sources, looking to build the case that harsh interrogation worked, say that in 2005 and 2006, KSM gave what CIA officers called “terrorism tutorials,” expounding on al-Qaeda’s structure and even reprimanding his “class” for poor note-taking.

“He'd even use a chalkboard at times,” said one source. “What do you think changed KSM's mind?” added a former intelligence official of waterboarding. “Of course it began with that.” KSM’s own recollection of his interrogation is different: “During the harshest period of my interrogation I gave a lot of false information,” he told the Red Cross.

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Oct 27, 2009 12:55 PM CDT
If the ends justify the means, than I guess Al Quedas plan to kill American innocents works just as well as destroying American interests overseas. So, then, shouldn't we be understanding of Al Queda's intentions? They got what they wanted by playing dirty, this we understand, but why has America lowered to their level? Aren't you campaigning on a moral high ground, that they're extremist? Are Americans not acting extreme in their responses: such as waterboarding and bombing whole villages in Pakistan?
Aug 30, 2009 12:50 PM CDT
So that's how we pacified Afghanistan and caught Bin Laden. What's that?
Aug 30, 2009 3:36 AM CDT
You have a point, however: