CIA Ludicrously Claims Torture Prevented Debunked L.A. Terror Plot Posted By admin On April 22, 2009 @ 9:49 am In 1, Featured Stories, News In Focus, Paul Watson Articles | 105 Comments Agency claims waterboarding KSM prevented attack, despite alleged plot being debunked by scores of intelligence professionals in 2006 Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com  Wednesday, April 22, 2009 As the controversy surrounding revelations of the Bush administrationâs torture program builds, the CIA has attempted to diffuse the furore by claiming that the torture of Khalid Sheik Mohammed prevented a terror attack on an L.A. skyscraper, a completely ludicrous assertion since the credibility of the alleged âL.A. attack plotâ was debunked by scores of intelligence professionals years ago. âThe Central Intelligence Agency told CNSNews.com today that it stands by the assertion made in a May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that the use of âenhanced techniquesâ of interrogation on al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) â including the use of waterboarding â caused KSM to reveal information that allowed the U.S. government to thwart a planned attack on Los Angeles,â reports CNS News . This claim was made the day after after former Vice-President Dick Cheney urged the CIA  to âput out the memos that show the success of the effortâ¦.reports that show specifically what we gained as a result of this activity.â The âplanned attack on Los Angelesâ refers to an announcement made on February 9th 2006 in which it was claimed that an Al-Qaeda plan to fly a plane into the LA Library Tower was thwarted in 2002. The release of the news that the plot had been prevented by means of tapping terrorist suspectâs phone, and not torture as the CIA now claims, was politically timed to coincide with the start of legal hearings on the Bush administrationâs domestic eavesdropping program. Fox âNews,â the White Houseâs PR mouthpiece, immediately began showing footage  from the movie Independence Day, in which the famous tower is destroyed. Hours after the announcement, the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, went public with his absolute bewilderment concerning the alleged plot. âIâm amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels,â the mayor said in an interview with The Associated Press. âI donât expect a call from the president â but somebody.â The day after the announcement, twenty three separate intelligence experts, all with either CIA, FBI, NSA or military credentials, both in and out of service, angrily disputed Bushâs remarks  about the alleged L.A. plot, with one going as far as saying that the President was âfull of shit.â Another described the claims as âworthless intel that was discarded long ago.â A New York Times story  cited âseveral counter-terrorism officialsâ as saying that âthe plot never progressed past the planning stagesâ¦. âTo take that and make it into a disrupted plot is just ludicrous,â said one senior FBI official.â The New York Daily News  cited another senior counterterrorism official who said: âThere was no definitive plot. It never materialized or got past the thought stage.â The Washington Post  also dismissed the alleged plot as nothing more than talk, noting that no actual attack plan had been thwarted. The LA attack plot arose from the same discredited informant who said that Washington and New York financial institutions were being targeted, which led the White House to raise the terror alert right as the 2004 election campaign was beginning. âThe President has cheapened the entire intelligence community by dragging us into his fantasy world,â said a veteran field operative of the Central Intelligence Agency. âHe is basing this absurd claim on the same discredited informant who told us Al Qaeda would attack selected financial institutions in New York and Washington.â In June 2004 John Pistole, the FBIâs counterterrorism director, said he was ânot sure what [the CIA] was referring to,â  after a CIA counterterrorism official who testified under the alias âTed Davisâ said that the US had prevented aviation attacks against the east and west coast. Despite the alleged plot being thoroughly debunked a year prior, President Bush again cited it in his January 2007 State of the Union speech. Now the CIA has recycled the same hoax in order to try and deflect accusations about its involvement in the torture program. Indeed, by announcing that the torture of Khalid Sheik Mohammed led to his âconfessionâ of being behind the non-existent L.A. attack plot, the CIA is only reaffirming the fact that the torture program was designed to elicit false confessions that could then be used as terror propaganda on the fearful and gullible American public. As Senator Levin highlighted on the back of the release of the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinions, the techniques (known as SERE) authorized by officials to be used on detainees, âAre based on tactics used by Chinese Communists against American soldiers during the Korean War for the purpose of eliciting false confessions for propaganda purposes.â In addition, the senior Army SERE psychologist warned in 2002 against using SERE training techniques during interrogations in an email to personnel at Guantanamo Bay, because, âIt usually decreases the reliability of the information because the person will say whatever he believes will stop the painâ¦ Bottom line: the likelihood that the use of physical pressures will increase the delivery of accurate information from a detainee is very low.â Little wonder then that KSM confessed to everything under the sun , and only stopped short of admitting to being the real Santa Claus, assassinating JFK and creating AIDS. He even âconfessedâ to plotting to attack a bank that wasnât even founded until after his arrest.  The idea that waterboarding KSM six times a day for a month , as well as torturing his children , would lead to anything other than false confessions is absurd on the face of it. However, by regurgitating the confirmed hoax that KSM âconfessedâ to a plot that never even existed because of the âsuccessâ of waterboarding, the CIA has once again highlighted the fact that not only was the torture program an insult and a disgrace to everything America is supposed to stand for, but that it was also a complete waste of time and only put Americans in more danger because false confessions were taken as gospel so that they could be used not to protect the country from terrorists, but to propagandize to the American people and enlist their support for the thoroughly deceptive and insidious âwar on terrorâ.