Go read Marcywho has been reading the torture memos.
OK so we learn that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in a one month period. That information came via a CIA IG Report. As Marcy notes:
it took them 183 applications of the waterboard in a one month period
to get what they claimed was cooperation out of KSM.
They certainly did work to make us believe waterboarding was effective. You may remember this story, reported on September 13, 2007 by Brian Ross, from former intelligence/CIA officer sources:
he felt humiliated — not by the treatment but by the fact that a
woman, a red-headed CIA supervisor, was allowed to witness the
spectacle, a former intelligence officer told ABC News.
The al Qaeda mastermind, known as KSM, stubbornly held out for about
two minutes — far longer than any of the other “high-value” terror
targets who were subjected to the technique, the harshest from a list
of six techniques approved for use by the CIA and Bush administration
lawyers, sources said.
“It was an extraordinary amount of time for him to hold out,” one
former CIA officer told ABCNews.com. “A red-headed female supervisor
was in the room when he was being water-boarded. It was humiliating to
him. So he held out.”
“Then he started talking, and he never stopped,” this former officer
said. KSM was never water-boarded again, and in hours and hours of
conversation with his interrogators, often over a cup of tea, he poured
out his soul and the murderous deeds he committed.
Just for 2 minutes and really it wasn’t the waterboarding that was so bad it was the humiliation of having a red-headed female present…that’s the lie they wanted us to believe rather than the awful ugly truth of it all.