British Officials Disagree With Bush’s Assertion That Waterboarding Saved UK Citizens’ Lives
November 10, 2010
U.K. (ChattahBox World News) — George Bush is on the publicity trail for his new book, but not everyone is agreeing with the memoirs’ contents. British counter-terrorism experts — who have long condemned Bush’s use of torture – denied yesterday that waterboarding helped save British lives following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the UK Guardian reports.
Although Bush wrote in his book that use of waterboarding on al-Qaeda suspects such as 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed “helped break up plots to attack American diplomatic facilities abroad, Heathrow airport, and Canary Wharf in London,” British officials say that the Heathrow alert happened before Mohammed’s torture took place, and that the valuable information they did receive from Mohammed was “not known to have been extracted through torture,” the Guardian notes.
British officials also point to the fact that tortured detainees have been known to share false information, including Ibn Sheikh al-Libi’s announcement during torture that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, which is now well-known to have been false. One human rights attorney suggested that Bush could face prosecution following his confession of ordering torture, the Guardian reports.