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Tortured Logic

March 15, 2007

“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.