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KSK and torture

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (the other KSK in my life) has r

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (the other KSK in my life) has reportedly confessed to being the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. This is only news because he actually confessed it, but the problem I have here is the baggage that this story comes with.The thing is, you know this guy has been tortured (reportedly he has been the longest to withstand water boarding, this impressed the Gitmo guys) and this information was probably surrendered under serious duress after years at Gitmo. As a result, it seems a whole hell of a lot less credible to me, and must incredibly shady to the rest of the world.Think about it this way, this story could just as easily be headlined: “After two years of torture, 9/11 mastermind confesses to being mastermind of 9/11.” How does that reflect positively on the US? I fail to see why on earth the Pentagon and White House are playing (going to play) this as a victory of any sorts.Update: Andrew Sullivan is already on this here, I’m sure he’ll be all over this tomorrow.

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