Tortured Logic

“Mr. Mohammed indicated in the transcript that some of his earlier statements to C.I.A. interrogators were the result of torture. But he said that his statements at the tribunal on Saturday were not made under duress or pressure.”

-From the New York Times

I personally have little doubt that Al-Qaeda operative Khalid Sheikh Mohammed masterminded the 9/11 attacks. I also have little doubt that he was waterboarded into confessing his various crimes. How then can his confession ever be taken seriously, or his assertion that this most recent statement of his was not made under duress? A man who has been tortured is by definition under duress. He fears being tortured again.

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6 Comments on “Tortured Logic”

  1. Faith Says:

    How about a little warning before a visual assault like that, eh? I haven’t even had my coffee yet this morning.


  2. Given the increasingly obvious connection between the WTC bombing and 9/11, it’s going to seem downright astonishing to future generations how little we did between 1993 and 2001.

  3. kate Says:

    he’s now confessed to large roles in other past terrorist-related events. of course he could have very well had a role in these, too. but if you’re ‘under duress’ anyway…
    don’t you think it’d be natural to take a few for the team?
    or that you’re particularly suggestible? there’s huge amounts of work demonstrating that people answer however they think you’d like them to answer, when stressed or coerced. and isn’t that was interrogation is all about?
    with hope, neither the interrogators nor the govt will gloat over how guilty they’ve revealed him to be and subsequently forget about the larger issue. which is, one guy isn’t the source of all our problems.


  4. Jeebus … he’s claiming that he personally beheaded Daniel Pearl?

    A few more days of torture, and he’ll claim he created the AIDS virus and caused Hurricane Katrina.

  5. HW Says:

    Don’t be silly. That was the Jews.

  6. Kate Says:

    i’d love for bush to make a statement to the effect of “boy thank god we caught this guy. now that we’ve locked him up, guess we can cross a handful of john does off our campaign-of-terror-on-america hit list. looks like he did it all.”

    go us.


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