Saturday, December 22, 2007

Torture: magic force multiplier

"Bin Laden does not have the capabilities for an operation of this magnitude. When I hear Bush talking about al-Qaida as if it was Nazi Germany or the communist party of the Soviet Union, I laugh because I know what is there. Bin Laden has been under surveillance for years: every telephone call was monitored and al-Qaida has been penetrated by American intelligence, Pakistani intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Egyptian intelligence. They could not have kept secret an operation that required such a degree of organisation and sophistication."

From: 'There isn't a target in Afghanistan worth a $1m missile'

Mohamed Heikal, the Arab world's foremost political commentator, talks to Stephen Moss

Guardian, October 10, 2001,4273,4273924,00.html

But Mr. Heikal does not realize that torture, even in the future, has the amazing ability to increases the powers of terrorists.

This is the stuff of magic, not to be dismissed as mundane false confessions. Professor D'Amato is so boring.

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