The PJ Tatler

Mukasey: Yes, waterboarding helped lead to bin Laden

It’s a fact that by now only the left’s bitter enders will deny, but it’s nice hearing it from the former US Attorney General.

It began with a disclosure from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), who broke like a dam under the pressure of harsh interrogation techniques that included waterboarding. He loosed a torrent of information—including eventually the nickname of a trusted courier of bin Laden.

That regimen of harsh interrogation was used on KSM after another detainee, Abu Zubaydeh, was subjected to the same techniques. When he broke, he said that he and other members of al Qaeda were obligated to resist only until they could no longer do so, at which point it became permissible for them to yield. “Do this for all the brothers,” he advised his interrogators.

Abu Zubaydeh was coerced into disclosing information that led to the capture of Ramzi bin al Shibh, another of the planners of 9/11. Bin al Shibh disclosed information that, when combined with what was learned from Abu Zubaydeh, helped lead to the capture of KSM and other senior terrorists and the disruption of follow-on plots aimed at both Europe and the United States.

Another of those gathered up later in this harvest, Abu Faraj al-Libi, also was subjected to certain of these harsh techniques and disclosed further details about bin Laden’s couriers that helped in last weekend’s achievement.

And that plus other information, both new and corroborating what had already been learned, led to bin Laden’s courier, which led to Bin Laden, which led to bin Laden experiencing kinetic military action and taking a permanent swim. It was Bush’s to treat captured terrorists as unlawful enemy combatants, not high grade criminals, that led over time to the intelligence on bin Laden.

Question: Is this poster justified? I say yes. Yes it is.

When the loudest critic of your policies achieves his greatest success because of them.