Panetta: Waterboarding Helped Lead US to Bin Laden

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admits that information obtained from waterboarding led the US to Osama bin Laden

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admits that information obtained from waterboarding led the US to Osama bin Laden

Newsflash: Apparently waterboarding works.

This morning on Meet the Press, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told David Gregory that information obtained as a direct result from waterboarded detainees was used to track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and kill him.

“The real story was that in order to put the puzzle of intelligence together that led us to Bin Laden, there were a lot of pieces out there that were a part of that puzzle. Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used. But the fact is we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that.”

I think everyone owes Kathryn Bigelow, director of Zero Dark Thirty, a hefty apology and potentially a Golden Globe for Best Picture.

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