But the important thing is that the torture revealed that there was no connection between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. Maybe Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld knew that waterboarding could produce false confessions and that is precisely what they were hoping for. But, if they were looking for the truth, they got some measure of it. Even under sustained and relentless torture, they did not get useful information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda or the 9/11 attacks. And, if they really thought that such a connection existed and would justify invading Iraq, they should have been disabused on that score.
Therein lies the reason for the torture: To support Bush’s phony war.
And it didn’t work. They weren’t able to get the false confession they wanted.
This is sick-making.