Ex-CIA Agent: White House Authorized Torture
Posted on Dec 11, 2007
Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who witnessed the waterboarding of top al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaida, has said that the practice is indeed torture and “a policy made at the White House, with concurrence from the National Security Council and the Justice Department.” Kiriakou added during an interview with NBC that the destruction of video evidence of the technique was “a terrible mistake.”
The former agent argued that while the torture of Zubaida “probably saved lives,” it should not be used in the future.
Referring to the waterboarding of Zubaida—a technique that simulates drowning—Mr Kiriakou told the NBC TV station: “This isn’t something done willy-nilly. This isn’t something where an agency officer just wakes up in the morning and decides he’s going to carry out an enhanced technique on a prisoner.
“This was a policy made at the White House, with concurrence from the National Security Council and the Justice Department.”
Watch the interview:
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