Deep Stupid

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The first in what will sadly be a long series of posts.

Today’s winner — and that’s saying something, because there was a lot of deep stupid today — is Marc Thiessen, attempting to defend the intelligence value of torture:

Specifically, interrogation with enhanced techniques “led to the discovery of a KSM plot, the ‘Second Wave,’ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles.” KSM later acknowledged before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay that the target was the Library Tower, the tallest building on the West Coast. The memo explains that “information obtained from KSM also led to the capture of Riduan bin Isomuddin, better known as Hambali, and the discovery of the Guraba Cell, a 17-member Jemmah Islamiyah cell tasked with executing the ‘Second Wave.’ ” In other words, without enhanced interrogations, there could be a hole in the ground in Los Angeles to match the one in New York.

That paragraph is a mess, but the upshot seems to be: waterboarding Khalid Sheik Mohammed in 2003 prevented a terrorist attack on Los Angeles in 2002.

(Not strictly related to the deep stupid: I like the way he throws in that last line about a hole in the ground in L.A.  Reminds me of the good old days, when Condi was warning us of a mushroom cloud.)

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2 Responses to “Deep Stupid”

  1. michaellasley Says:

    You’re problem, JU, is that you think chronologically. (Emphasis on the logic! HA!)

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