Saturday, April 18, 2009

Do the math

"Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003"

Ponder the forced experience of drowning six times a day for a month.

This is from the Inspector General's CIA report, not from some left-wing bleeding heart.

I believe KSM is a very evil man, who should have been tried in a legitimate court of law. I have no good thing to say about him or on his behalf. The problem is, once you have tortured someone you have almost no chance of trying and convicting someone. All your evidence is tainted.

As emptywheel puts it, it cannot have been very effective if they had to do it that often.

According to the OLC guidelines....
...where authorized, it may be used for two "sessions" per day of up to two hours. During a session, water may be applied up to six times for ten seconds or longer (but never more than 40 seconds). In a 24-hour period, a detainee may be subjected to up to twelve minutes of water appliaction. See id. at 42. Additionally, the waterboard may be used on as many as five days during a 30-day approval period.

So if they could only do it five days a month, it would have been thirty times a day. Hmmm. The math is just not working for me.

Read more here.
--the BB

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