Thursday, October 13, 2011

No Scream? Ice Cream!

Might be worth a read:

What is the best way to break a terrorist? Waterboarding? Stress positions? What about pizza, ice cream, or sugar-free cookies?

The most surprising element of former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan's memoir, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda, is how receptive terrorists are to food. When Soufan takes L'Houssaine Kherchtou, an Al Qaeda fixer, out for pizza, Khertchou tells him he's "not an Al Qaeda guy anymore." Mohamed Rashed Daoud al-Owhali, who helped facilitate the bombing of the American embassy in Nairobi in 1998, spills the beans after being plied with cookies and Meals Ready to Eat. Tariq el-Sawah, captured at Tora Bora and currently detained at Guantanamo Bay, has a fondness for ice cream. And in the desperate hours immediately following the 9/11 attacks, Soufan wears down the diabetic Abu Jandal, a former bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, with sugarless cookies, establishing that Al Qaeda was indeed responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

All together now: what a horrible person Dick Cheney is.

How much further in the fight against terrorism might we be, had we not, in the face of all evidence, descended to their level, using techniques whose purpose has always been to force false confessions? And yet Dick and his demon spawn travel the country still, welcomed to the air, rewriting history like the Texas Board of Education.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Currently detained at Guantanamo Bay"????????????
Umm maybe I'm a little hungover, lets see, its October 13th, 2011, which is...hommina hommina, carry the 2, no leap years..
some 600 days since the Peas-Eater-in-Chief-who-promised-to-close-Guantanamo placed his hand on the Koran, I mean Bible.
I know, its Bush's fault, signing that 100 year lease...
And your right about Chaney, I wore a Chaney mask for Halloween last year.
OK, didn't scare the kids quite as much as my Kim-Jong-Ill mask, but I live in a Korean neighborhood..


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