Rumsfeld contradicts himself, says torture ‘critically important’ to bin Laden’s death

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 13:35 EDT
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The Obama administration has insisted that torture techniques were not used to obtain information that led U.S. Navy SEALs to the location of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, but that’s not stopped Bush-era officials from launching a full-throated defense of their actions.

One caveat: the president’s CIA director has said that individuals who helped inform the government about bin Laden were subjected to waterboarding — but he did not say that specific intelligence gave bin Laden up.

Taking that caveat to its logical extremes on last night’s Hannity, the Fox News opinion host invited former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to advocate for the severe physical abuse of prisoners.

The interview seemed to contradict — at least in theme — what he told conservative news website Newsmax: that it was “normal interrogation approaches” which revealed bin Laden, not torture.

This video is from Fox News, broadcast Tuesday, May 3, 2011, as snipped by liberal blog Think Progress.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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