Bill O'Reilly is happy Osama Bin Laden is dead. Apparently, because there are political points to score. OBL's assassination vindicates the use of torture, and that's cause to do a Bill O'Reilly in-your-face move. Like this:
[T]he big story to emerge from the action is that coerced interrogation gave the CIA vital information used to track bin Laden to his lair. . . . Of course, that exposition is embarrassing to the left, including President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Clinton, who are all on record as saying coerced interrogation does not work. Apparently, they were wrong in a big way.
Ah, so coerced information. Yes, the result of enhanced interrogation. Erm, torture. OK, just so we're clear. Yes, so, in your face, liberals and lefty-pansies! And how do we know this? Well, the story is clear:
The record shows that just three men were waterboarded: Khalid Sheik Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah and Rahim al-Nashiri, all al-Qaida big shots. Under duress, KSM gave up vital information that crippled his terror group and ultimately led U.S. authorities to watch bin Laden's top Pakistani courier. Eventually, that man led the CIA to the compound outside Islamabad.
Well, not so clear. We captured KSM back in 2003, and he got about 183 sessions with waterboarding. And then seven years later, we got OBL. Case closed, right? Well, no. If waterboarding works the miracles it supposedly does, then why did it take seven more years until we had the actionable intelligence to move on OBL? If waterboarding works, then shouldn't we have caught him, like, earlier? And, as I understand it (see the article here in Slate), KSM actually denied knowing the person known as OBL's courier. That's, like, not what I'd expect as the slam-dunk case for enhancing interrogation. 'Cause aren't the tortured people supposed to say things that are true, instead of false? That is, if torture works the way torture's supposed to work. By 2005, remember, folks were saying the OBL trail had "grown cold".
Yeah, so here's another hypothesis. We eventually stopped the simulated drownings of these folks and returned to the standard forms for interrogation — building trust, going over stories, treating prisoners with dignity. And once that started working, then we started getting better intelligence. There was an improvement in surveillance, and with info from Hassan Ghul (who was never waterboarded), OBL got tracked down. Who knows… maybe the torture delayed the information coming out instead of hastened it.
But still, the far left won't budge. No matter what the facts are about the effectiveness of coerced interrogation, they will deny them. Infuriating.
Yep, it's infuriating, all right. Infuriating.