According to his confession, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed beheaded Daniel Pearl “with [his] blessed right hand”. He masterminded 9-11 “from A to Z” and many other attacks. Really bad guy, if all this is true.
He spent six months in Guantanamo and allegedly over 3 years in a CIA-run prison before that. So at minimum, this guy has been waterboarded, subjected to heat and cold, loud sounds, various kinds of psychological strain, and who knows what else.
So how trustworthy is his confession? You do all that stuff to me, I’ll cop to assassinating Abraham Lincoln.
If someone believes torture is OK provided we’re really scared, and yet still somehow self-identifies as a Christian, I’m not going to argue with them about morals. But the practical problem with torture is that it undermines the credibility of any confession you get with it. Yeah, he’s probably the right guy… isn’t he?
I mean, this confession is pretty darned convenient for the administration. It wasn’t that “most-wanted guy” we haven’t been able to catch, no sir! It was this guy all along! We got him! Mission accomplished! We’re doing a heckuva job!
I want to believe it’s him, I really do. But…