Claims that U.S. Torture Played Key Role in Locating Osama bin Laden are Unsupportable
Interview with Gabor Rona, international legal director with Human Rights First, conducted by Scott Harris
It wasn’t long after President Obama’s May 1 announcement that a U.S. Navy Seal commando team had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, that former members of the Bush administration and their allies began celebrating the role they claimed U.S. torture of terrorist suspects had played in locating the al Qaeda leader. Former Vice President Dick Cheney said that waterboarding -- which was banned by President Obama in January 2009, was, “a good program. It was a legal program. It was not torture, I would strongly recommend we continue it." Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stated “it was a mistake to rule out waterboarding. It's clear that those techniques that the CIA used worked."