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#37 NanuqoftheNorth


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:37 PM

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Sunday that "We could have gotten bin Laden without" enhanced interrogation techniques, despite the implication in the film "Zero Dark Thirty" that the techniques, called torture by opponents, played a pivotal role in finding bin Laden.

"First of all, it's a movie," Panetta said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "Let's remember that."

Saying he "lived the real story," Panetta added that "in order to put the puzzle of intelligence together that led us to bin Laden, there was a lot of intelligence. There were a lot of pieces out there that were part of that puzzle."

Panetta went on to say that there was at least some truth to the notion that enhanced interrogation was part of the hunt for bin Laden.

"Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used," he admitted. "But the fact is we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that."

NBC's Chuck Todd followed up: "And you think you could have gotten it without any?"

Panetta replied: "I think we could have gotten bin Laden without that."


#38 pstall


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:52 PM

wouldn't the more shocking choice by O had been after years of searching and intel and looking and digging and meetings and more intel and more digging that he said NO?

in terms of intel and searching for OBL, Obama was doing his best Barry Switzer.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:54 PM

I don't feel it is shocking that he pulled the trigger on taking out Osama but I do think it is a credit to him that he did. That isn't to say for sure other presidents wouldn't have, but they might have done it differently and I think that taking out bin Laden was very impressive (though aftermath of it was a bit weird to me)