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Video: ‘Enhanced interrogation’ back in spotlight

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    >> bin laden 's death rekindled the debate over enhanced interrogation technique . did controversial questions of terror suspects that have been criticized by human rights groups provide useful intelligence? did what happened here, the compound where u.s. forces cornered and killed osama bin laden , actually start here in prison where detainees who were subjected to the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like water boarding gave up information that eventually led to bin laden . the debate started up all over again.

    >> i would assume that the enhanced interrogation program that we put in place produced some of the results that led to bin laden 's ultimate capture.

    >> but did it? u.s. officials say one of the key clues that led to bin laden was the threat of information about an al qaeda courier. that may have come from the mastermind of the september 11 attacks or from the so-called 20th hijacker mohamed al katani.

    >> there was a nickname during enhanced interrogation techniques . no bones about it. in the 2002 to 2004 range.

    >> authorities acknowledge both mohamed and al katani were subjected to enhanced interrogation , a policy authorized by former president george bush . when i talked to president bush last year he had no apologies.

    >> we used this technique on three people. we captured a lot of people, used it on three. we gained valuable information to protect the country and it was the right thing to do as far as i'm concerned.

    >> was it the harsh interrogation that led to critical information? the identify and whereabouts of the courier came to light years later after the enhanced interrogation had stopped.

    >> it took them about four years to figure out who that nickname mightle really be.

    >> critics say there is no way to know if enhanced interrogation methods led to the crucial piece of intelligence.

    >> to reduce it to the idea that one piece of fact here or there came from enhanced interrogation techniques and their use is misleading the american public.

    >> administration officials say it was multiple sources of intelligence and years of patient work that led to bin laden .

    >> those who believe enhanced interrogation techniques were successful will be out there publically advocating for why they worked and why we should continue to use them.

    >> others say, they may have worked on this one occasion but you can't say they always work.

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