One of the details that has come out of the recently released White House “torture” memos is the revelation that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (still in U.S. custody) was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 (which works out to an average of 6 times a day – every day – for the entire month).
Forget for a moment that this in itself is probably the best evidence you could ever put forth if you were trying to prove the complete ineffectiveness of waterboarding. What is even more insane to me is the kind of rationale that would have ever considered it to be a good idea in the first place. I mean, how does this conversation go?
CIA Interrogator #1: “Well, that was disappointing.”
CIA Interrogator #2: “Sure was. I really thought we had him that time.”
CIA #1: - - heavy sigh - -
CIA #2: “So, what do you say? One more time? It’d really be a shame to stop now after 182 only to find out later that the next one would’ve been the mother lode.”
CIA #1: [nodding] “Yeah. Yeah, I think you’re right. One more might just do the trick."
Nothing says “Home of the Brave” like torture.