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."
Hasn't even been a week
Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:37 PM
Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:52 PM
in terms of intel and searching for OBL, Obama was doing his best Barry Switzer.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:54 PM