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MCCAIN SAYS HE WAS SICKENED BY ZERO DARK 30 TORTURE CLAIM

December 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Senator John McCain said on Tuesday that he was sickened by the suggestion in Zero Dark Thirty that waterboarding al-Qaeda’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, helped provide information that led to the hiding place of Osama bin Laden. McCain, who himself endured 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese in the 1960s, said in a Senate speech that he had learned from former CIA Director Leon Panetta: “Not only did the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed, it actually produced false and misleading information.” A recent report by the Senate Intelligence Committee has also concluded that waterboarding of Mohammed did not produce useful information. But, according to an Associated Press account of McCain’s speech, the Arizona senator said that the filmmakers fell for the claims of supporters of enhanced interrogation “hook, line and sinker.”