Two issues trouble me relating to Philip Zelikow’s New York Times op-ed, The Dubious C.I.A. Shortcut. One, he seems to be flip-flopping on the legality and efficacy of torture to gain reliable intelligence, in this case from the C.I.A and Pentagon. Second, even as Zelikow headed the 9/11 Commission and wrote the final draft of its findings in April 2004, his commission report was based on secondhand C.I.A. and Pentagon “torture” reports, not face to face, independent interviews.
So, the official version of what happened on 9-11 was based on confessions extracted under torture.
Is that the entire case against Khalid Sheik Mohammed? Tortured confessions?