Los Angeles Times:
An Al Qaeda suspect who was subjected to harsh interrogation techniques at a secret CIA prison in early 2004 provided a clue, the nom de guerre of a mysterious courier, that ultimately proved crucial to finding Osama bin Laden, officials said Wednesday.
The CIA had approved use of sleep deprivation, slapping, nudity, water dousing and other coercive techniques at the now-closed CIA "black site" in Poland where the Pakistani-born detainee, Hassan Ghul, was held, according to a 2005 Justice Department memo, which cited Ghul by name. Two U.S. officials said Wednesday that some of those now-prohibited practices were directed at Ghul.
Read the whole story. It mentions how lies told by detainees were important in figuring out who the courier was -- the link to bin Laden. People who know even a little about torture, and less harsh forms of interrogation, will tell you that asking questions for which you already know the answer is very useful. It gives you an insight into the mind of the detainee, and because they don't know how much you already know, or don't know, it's easy to give the impression you know more than you do.
It was upsetting to listen to 85% of our media (85% are lefty) during the Bush years tell us that harsh interrogations don't work, when the rest of us know that they can and often do work extremely well, and have been used successfully for thousands of years.
It wouldn't be fair of me to neglect mentioning the other side of the issue. Here's what the communist weaklings at the NY Times are saying right now:
Even if it were true that some tidbit was blurted out by a prisoner while being tormented by C.I.A. interrogators, that does not remotely justify Mr. Bush’s decision to violate the law and any acceptable moral standard.
Just a quick note to the millions of Muslims worldwide -- and U.S. Liberals -- who are in mourning right now: NOBODY GETS THE VIRGINS IN HELL. Teddy Kennedy is regaling bin Laden with tales of Chappaquiddick right now.