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Man Who Waterboarded 9/11 Mastermind Says Waterboarding Saved American Lives, Blasts Senate Democrats

December 17, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Man Who Waterboarded 9/11 Mastermind Says Waterboarding Saved American Lives, Blasts Senate Democrats Dr. James Mitchell - Image courtesy of vicenews.tumblr.com

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The man waterboarded the mastermind of Sept. 11 terror attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA’s program of using enhanced interrogation techniques was not torture, in a stinging rebuke of the partisan Senate-Democrat issued report.

James Mitchell, who is a former Air force psychologist and conducted the interrogation of KSM told Megan Kelly on the Kelly File:”If it was torture, I would be in jail, This thing was investigated over and over. I was told by the highest law enforcement agency in the land that we were going to walk right up to the edge of the law, and that all of the things we had included in that list were legal.”

Mitchell, maintains in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks, the country was on a major alert and feared a new wave of attacks were transpiring and both the public and U.S. government officials were desperate to prevent them.

Mitchell said regarding the intel, which the “(The CIA) had ongoing information to suggest that (terrorists) were trying to smuggle nuclear weapons into the U.S., There was all this anthrax stuff going on, there was credible evidence to suggest that there was another wave of attacks coming and we couldn’t have it happen.”

Mitchell added: “They tried to decapitate us last time, they tried to destroy our civilization. And people were clamoring to do everything and anything they could that was legal, to take it right up to the line and save American lives. Because that’s what our government is supposed to do: save American lives.”

However, Mitchell, did maintain he found waterboarding “repulsive at times” but said he continued the techniques out of a duty to protect the U.S.,

He went on to  criticized the Senate report, saying it’s “easy” in hindsight to second-guess the tactics used after 9/11, more than 13 years after the attacks.

“In my view, the CIA analysts and the CIA targeters are incredible,” he said. “To do this, to besmirch them, I think, is beyond the pale.”

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