Harsh interrogation techniques conducted during the Bush years were a great success.
The harsh techniques saved thousands of lives.
The techniques, including waterboarding, used on the three top Al-Qaeda leaders, were so successful that the terrorists not only leaked vast amounts of information that saved tens of thousands of American lives and prevented another 9-11 style attack, but the techniques transformed one Al-Qaeda killer into a CIA classroom instructor.
But, the leftist spin-masters at the AP would want you to believe that this was untrue.
The far left media outlet insisted in its latest junk science report that “harsh” interrogation techniques may have actually impaired the terrorist’s memories.
Of course, there is absolutely no proof of this whatsoever.
The AP reported:
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Prolonged stress from the CIA’s harsh interrogations could have impaired the memories of terrorist suspects, diminishing their ability to recall and provide the detailed information the spy agency sought, according to a scientific paper published Monday.
The methods could even have caused the suspects to create — and believe — false memories, contends the paper, which scrutinizes the techniques used by the CIA under the Bush administration through the lens of neurobiology. It suggests the methods are actually counterproductive, no matter how much suspects might eventually say.
“Solid scientific evidence on how repeated and extreme stress and pain affect memory and executive functions (such as planning or forming intentions) suggests these techniques are unlikely to do anything other than the opposite of that intended by coercive or enhanced interrogation,” according to the paper in the scientific journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
In the paper, Shane O’Mara, a professor at Ireland’s Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, wrote that the severe interrogation techniques appear based on “folk psychology” — a layman’s idea of how the brain works as opposed to science-based understanding of memory and cognitive function.
O’Mara told The Associated Press on Monday he reviewed the scientific literature about the effect of stress on memory and brain function after reading descriptions of the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation methods. The methods were detailed in previously classified legal memos released in April.
President pantywaist told the state-run media this past weekend that he wants to look forward in one breath but then says he will continue to investigate CIA personnel who put Al-Qaeda killers through harsh interrogation techniques in the next breath.
He is a walking and talking contradiction.