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Why torture doesn't work: Led to false info about Iraq-Al Qaeda link

The Bush administration says it doesn't torture, but wants to keep the options open to protect American lives. It seems that one way they keep their hands "clean" is to hand detainees over to other countries who are all-to-happy to implement the technique. Well, the administration's scenario of using torture as a necessary tool to protect American lives backfired. One of the fundamental justifications for going to war with Iraq is because of its ties to Al Qaeda. That information was the product of torture and ended up being discredited. So, I ask the vice president: "Hey, Dick, how does false information obtained through torture protect American lives?" Nice work, Bush & Co. How do you all sleep at night? The New York Times examines the issue in an article in today's edition:
The Bush administration based a crucial prewar assertion about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda on detailed statements made by a prisoner while in Egyptian custody who later said he had fabricated them to escape harsh treatment, according to current and former government officials.

The officials said the captive, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, provided his most specific and elaborate accounts about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda only after he was secretly handed over to Egypt by the United States in January 2002, in a process known as rendition.

The new disclosure provides the first public evidence that bad intelligence on Iraq may have resulted partly from the administration's heavy reliance on third countries to carry out interrogations of Qaeda members and others detained as part of American counterterrorism efforts. The Bush administration used Mr. Libi's accounts as the basis for its prewar claims, now discredited, that ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda included training in explosives and chemical weapons.

The fact that Mr. Libi recanted after the American invasion of Iraq and that intelligence based on his remarks was withdrawn by the C.I.A. in March 2004 has been public for more than a year. But American officials had not previously acknowledged either that Mr. Libi made the false statements in foreign custody or that Mr. Libi contended that his statements had been coerced.

Atrios comments: "Our NotTorture interrogation techniques were based on Soviet-era methods which were designed to obtain false confessions."

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