Results for: khalid sheikh mohammed
Alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has asked for the death penalty. Should we give it to him?
Bush says this, "For example, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed described the design of planned attacks of buildings inside the U.S. and how operatives were directed to carry them out. That is valuable information for those of us who have the responsibility to protect the American people. He told us the operatives had been instructed to ensure that the explosives went off at a high -- a point that was high enough to prevent people trapped above from escaping."
It sounds eerily like what happened at the WTC on 9/11. Was he referring that the "terrorists" planted explosives in the towers or that foiled plots had planned to use that tactic? Or was he referring to the WTC?
BY LINDSEY WOLF
ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES
You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy.
Waterboarding: Illegal interrogation method. Or valuable tactic? That’s the debate in the wake of the capture and killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
On Fox News, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King of New York tells Bill O’Reilly, getting the nickname was the direct result of harsh interrogation tactics.
“It was through the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed through waterboarding. ... So for those of you who say that waterboarding doesn’t work, that say it should be stopped and never used again - we got vital information that led us to bin Laden.”
But according to the New York Times, alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Shaikh Mohammed didn’t give up the top secret information out right. Instead, other prisoners in U.S. custody gave up the courier’s aliases, and CIA officials pieced the rest of the puzzle together.
“When the Americans ran the man’s pseudonym past two top-level detainees — the chief planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed; and Al Qaeda’s operational chief, Abu Faraj al-Libi — the men claimed never to have heard his name. That raised suspicions among interrogators that the two detainees were lying and that the courier probably was an important figure.”
The 9/11 Commission report confirms KSM underwent waterboarding. WTHR in Indianapolis questions - is there is any way to know if the courier’s identity and the interrogation are connected at all?
“But was it the harsh interrogation that led to the critical information? The identity and whereabouts of the courier only came to light years later - after the enhanced interrogation had stopped.”
And White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the capture and killing can’t be attributed to just one thing, so there’s no way to directly connect the capture and killing to extreme interrogation.
CNN: “It’s simply strange to suggest that a piece of information that may or may not have been gathered eight years ago somehow directly led to a successful mission on Sunday. That’s just not the case.”
Business Insider says, you can’t just look at one interrogation success story. You have to look at every GITMO interrogation.
“Of course, the defense of waterboarding comes down to cherrypicking the good, easy to see results (capturing top officials) and ignores the unseen results (all the ex-GITMO detainees who come back as more hardened terrorists).”
Finally, the Atlantic Wire points out the hurdles both sides of the story will have to overcome.
“[W]aterboarding supporters have to deal with the fact that the crucial information leading to bin Laden's location came after the waterboarding stopped. Anti-Guantanamo activists have to deal with the fact that such quality information came from illegal detention centers, including Guantanamo.”
Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter
Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
Transcript by Newsy