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Torture Helped Get Bin Laden?

George257 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 12:25 PM
I almost drowned as a child, too. (See Earl's post below.) It happened in 1973. I was 12, at a Prep school in S Africa, on our annual trip to a little seaside village. I managed to be the only kid in the school caught in a rip current. I was standing knee deep in water, but suddenly the current swept me along. Within seconds I was out of my depth. A rip current carries yuo along at a terrific speed. I shouted for help, but there was really nothing much anyone could do. Eventually I washed washed up onto some rocks and staggered ashore, exhausted. The master in charge stormed towards me, shouting, "SMITHERS!...YOU SELFISH BLOODY B*STARD! I SUPPOSE YOU REALISE, THAT IF YOU'D DROWNED, I'D HAVE LOST MY JOB!...No, I bet you didn't even
George257 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 12:27 PM
No, I bet you didn't even THINK of that. "

And I have to admit that he was right. His career prospects had not been at the forefront of my thoughts.

Those were the days.

"Zero Dark Thirty," the film about the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden, got a fresh infusion of buzz over the weekend when outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta confirmed again that enhanced interrogation techniques aided the effort to find bin Laden.

"Some of it came from ... interrogation tactics that were used," he said. "But the fact is we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that. I think we could have gotten bin Laden without that."

In other words, the movie exaggerates the role played by enhanced interrogation techniques -- torture to...