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In 9/11 News, Torture on April 21, 2009 at 9:11 am

That’s how many times 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed was waterboarded:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA interrogators used the waterboarding technique on Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the admitted planner of the September 11 attacks, 183 times and 83 times on another al Qaeda suspect, The New York Times said on Sunday.  The Times said a 2005 Justice Department memorandum showed that Abu Zubaydah, the first prisoner questioned in the CIA’s overseas detention program in August 2002, was waterboarded 83 times, although a former CIA officer had told news media he had been subjected to only 35 seconds underwater before talking.

President Barack Obama has banned the use of waterboarding, overturning a Bush administration policy that it did not constitute torture. The Justice Department memo said the simulated drowning technique was used on Mohammed 183 times in March 2003. The Times said some copies of the memos appeared to have the number of waterboardings redacted while others did not.

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Former VP Cheney Calls for Release of “Successful” Interrogation Memos

In Civil Liberties, Torture on April 21, 2009 at 9:08 am

Former Vice President under President Bush, Dick Cheney, told FOX news that he called for the release of other interrogation memos to be released that highlight “successes” of the CIA interrogation program:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney last month formally asked the Central Intelligence Agency to de-classify top secret documents he believes show harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding helped prevent terrorist attacks against U.S. targets, according to source familiar with the effort. The request was made in late March, before President Barack Obama unsealed top-secret memos about past interrogation techniques last week.

“It worked. It’s been enormously valuable in terms of saving lives,” Cheney said on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.” “I know specifically of reports that I read, that I saw, that lay out what we learned through the interrogation process and what the consequences were for the country.”

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