The Express would be remiss if we didn't document this gruesome detail that came out of the torture memos released last week: the CIA waterboarded al Qaeda operative Khalid Shaikh Mohammed 183 times in March 2003. CIA agents, of course, were acting under the authority granted by UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo in his August 2002 torture memo. Granted, Mohammed was a very bad guy; he claims to have planned the 9/11 attacks. But waterboarding him 183 times? Think about it. The CIA tortured him, made him believe he was drowning, about six times a day for a month.
Waterboarding has been considered torture since the Spanish Inquisition, and we prosecuted are own soldiers in Vietnam for waterboarding prisoners. But Yoo said in his memo which was later renounced by Bush's own administration -- that waterboarding was perfectly fine. The memos also reveal that the CIA waterboarded al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah 83 times in August 2002, immediately after getting the greenlight from Yoo. So, we tortured two men at least 266 times in the span of just two months thanks to John Yoo, and yet UC Berkeley says his tenured job is protected by academic freedom. Unbelievable.