Did Torture Help Capture bin Laden?

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May 3, 2011 5:32 a.m.

Did key intelligence in finding bin Laden come from torture? Apparently not. But that’s not stopping people from claiming it did.

As a more general matter it’s important to recognize that torture could easily have produced the key information. It just seems not to have in this case. You can be doctrinaire in opposing torture without being doctrinaire in assuming that it can’t produce any good intelligence, which would be foolish.

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