Originally Posted by ElCapitanAmerica
This is pretty horrible. And I have a hard time imagining how you can drown somebody so many times.
As for the effectiveness, they claim they got some valuable information from him. Have they said what it is? If not, of course they could just be trying to justify their actions ... but you would think they did this for some reason beyond fulfilling some deviant water boarding sexual fantasy on the part of some high govt. official.
Oh I dont doubt somewhere someone believes there is some weird point to it. They probably type up reports about the information gained by these torture sessions, send them higher up the intelligence chain of command, and let the people there handle it. And at some point, the stuff gets discarded, or filed, or used, evaluated and put into a drawer as supporting evidence in case something real comes up and supports it.
Nobody in their right mind, and somewhere along the way such stuff HAS TO pass somebody even remotely competent, would use this information for anything except padding an already existent piece of intelligence. Its just not useful. Especially given that most detainees are out of the loop forever now, and the people they used to work with KNOW about waterboarding, guantanamo etc. and will have done their best to change up their ways if anyone of even some importance got caught.
I mean, how can you possibly believe torturing a guy who was part of a relatively small-scale terrorist attack (small-scale in terms of resources needed, not effect) 8 years ago will know ANYTHING remotely useful today, when the people you are fighting against change up safehouses, lines of communication and names every few months?
At this point, the entire torture thing probably goes on cause nobody with any power said "stop", because nobody really wants to get connected to it in any way. Its career poison.