A footnote to another 2005 Justice Department memo released Thursday said waterboarding was used both more frequently and with a greater volume of water than the C.I.A. rules permitted.
The new information on the number of waterboarding episodes came out over the weekend when a number of bloggers, including Marcy Wheeler of the blog emptywheel, discovered it in the May 30, 2005, memo.
Kudos to Scott for crediting Marcy, she did a lot of hard work and usually journalists just steal from bloggers and then call them parasites.
He also has Mike Hayden peddling his "terra terra terra" theme once again:
Mr. Hayden said he had opposed the release of the memos, even though President Obama has said the techniques will never be used again, because they would tell Al Qaeda “the outer limits that any American would ever go in terms of interrogating an Al Qaeda terrorist.”
President Obama banned these techniques. There really is no other way to interpret Hayden’s statement than that the CIA intends to blatantly disregard this order.
He also disputed an article in The New York Times on Saturday that said Abu Zubaydah had revealed nothing new after being waterboarded, saying that he believed that after unspecified “techniques” were used, Abu Zubaydah revealed information that led to the capture of another terrorist suspect, Ramzi Binalshibh.
It’s been widely reported, in the NYT and elsewhere, that the CIA knew of bin al Shibh’s identity before Abu Zubayda was captured. And Ron Suskind has reported that it was information from an al-Jazeera reporter that led to bin al Shibh’s capture. As Jane Mayer notes in her book The Dark Side, the fact that he wasn’t captured for a year and a half after Zubayda lends credence to Suskind’s claim.
Since the CIA destroyed the tapes of Zubaydah’s torture, maybe Hayden would like to say what exactly the information was that he provided which was of value.
I know, I know. It’s classified….