This is the message of the CIA Director ,while commenting on the Osma Bin laden Film ‘“Zero Dark Thirty.
He said he ‘was unhappy’
“In a message to Central Intelligence Agency employees Friday, he said that the movie “creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the key to finding bin Laden. That impression is false.”…
Wait, what follows is important,
” “some” of the information “came from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques. But there were many other sources as well.”
This is as much as a CIA Acting Director,can admit in Public.
Acting CIA director Michael Morell said that “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Hollywood take on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, exaggerates the importance of information obtained by harsh interrogations.
The movie by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow tells the story of the decade-long search after September 11, 2001, climaxing in last year’s dramatic and deadly raid in May on the Al-Qaeda terror leader’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan…
The film shows US personnel using harsh interrogation techniques like water-boarding — a method many consider torture — to force captives to speak. The information obtained was crucial, according to the movie, in piecing together the trail that eventually lead to bin Laden….
Morell’s message, released to AFP, states that “multiple streams of intelligence” led CIA analysts to conclude that bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad….
Morell’s message also follows a similar statement decrying the “Zero Dark Thirty” interrogation scenes signed by three senators, including Republican John McCain, himself a prisoner of war and torture victim during the Vietnam war.
On January 22, 2002, The U.S. Department of Justice issued a document to White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez, and Department of Defense Counsel William J. Hynes on the “Application of Treaties and Laws to Al Qaeda and Taliban Detainees.” The document concluded that existing rules on detainees do not necessarily apply to Al Qaeda or Talibanmembers:
“You have asked for our Office’s views concerning the effect of international treaties and federal laws on the treatment of individuals detained by the U.S. Armed Forces during the conflict in Afghanistan. In particular, you have asked whether certain treaies forming part of the laws of armed conflict apply to the conditions of detention and the procedures for trial of members of al Qaeda and the Taliban militia. We conclude that these treaties do not protect members of the al Qaeda organization, which as a non-State actor cannot be a party to the international agreements governing war. We durther conclude that the President has sufficient grounds to find that these treaties do not protect members of the Taliban militia. This memorandum expresses no view as to whether the President should decided, as a matter of policy, that the U.S. Armed Forces should adhere to the standards of conduct in those treaties with respect to the treatment of prisoners.”