The acting CIA chief declared his agnosticism on the efficacy of enhanced interrogation in a letter to CIA employees discussing the new Bin Laden film:
The acting director of the C.I.A., Michael J. Morell, has criticized a new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, saying it exaggerates the role of coercive interrogations in producing clues to the whereabouts of the leader of Al Qaeda.
In a message sent Friday to agency employees about the film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” Mr. Morell said it “creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the key to finding Bin Laden. That impression is false.”
In fact, he said, “the truth is that multiple streams of intelligence led C.I.A. analysts to conclude that Bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad,” the city in Pakistan where a Navy SEAL team killed him in May 2011. “Some came from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques,” Mr. Morell wrote, using the C.I.A.’s euphemism for harsh and sometimes brutal treatment that included waterboarding. “But there were many other sources as well.”
He said that “whether enhanced interrogation techniques were the only timely and effective way to obtain information from those detainees, as the film suggests, is a matter of debate that cannot and never will be definitively resolved.”
So there were many information sources, including some based on enhanced interrogation. And since these were not controlled experiments, we have no way of knowing how the prisoners subjected to enhanced interrogation might have responded if treated differently.
The NY Times pretends there is no news here:
The message from Mr. Morell, who is considered a top candidate for the C.I.A. director’s job, comes days after a similar statement from three senators, including Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will consider the confirmation of whomever President Obama selects as C.I.A. director.
WASHINGTON — In an unusual Congressional critique of Hollywood moviemaking, three United States senators on Wednesday lambasted “Zero Dark Thirty,” the new fictionalized film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, calling it “grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location” of the terrorist leader.
And a bit later:
Some human rights advocates have described the film as ambiguous on the question of whether torture was useful, while others believe it implies that torture produced some early clues.
The senators take the latter view and say the movie is “factually inaccurate” and “has the potential to shape American public opinion in a disturbing and misleading manner.”
So the impression that enhanced interrogation provided "some early clues" is "factually inaccurate" and may be "misleading" to the American public.
And that is really similar to the current admission that there were many clues that led to Bin Laden, some of which came from the enhanced interrogation program? Who is zooming whom?