As reported by CNN and The Huffington Post, both on June 17, 2014, Libyan militia leader and suspected key leader in the Benghazi Consulate attack Ahmed Abu Khattalah was apprehended by American forces. But don’t expect a rarely used tactic employed by the George W. Bush Administration to be utilized by Barack Obama or his Attorney General Eric and neither by his Secretary of Defense.
While Khattalah is reportedly aboard a US Naval vessel headed back to the United States, it’s clearly understood that the snagged terrorist will be treated more like a criminal suspect instead of global jihadist bent on waging war on America. Despite the al-Qaeda-allied terrorist sipping a strawberry frappé while being interviewed by American media within a month of the Sept. 11, 2012 assault on our diplomatic mission in the east of Libya, it took the current Administration almost two years to physically lay hands on him.
As the NBC News made note upon his January, 2008 inauguration, Obama made clear that the intelligence gathering technique popularly known as “water boarding” would not only not be employed during this presidency, but it’s also been deemed illegal. During and prior to the George W. Bush Administration, water boarding was a standard “enhanced interrogation technique” used by the American military and reportedly by the CIA.
Water boarding was also a long used part of the three SERE schools (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) for the Armed Forces. American troops were subject to water boarding for decades without any loss of life. As seen in the video, water boarding doesn’t involve hitting, striking or any other method of spilling blood or breaking bones, but rather in the words of the anonymous interrogator, water boarding is “invoking an existing fear.”
In an ABC News investigative report of Nov. 18, 2005, water boarding was counted as one of the six various techniques applied by the CIA to extract information. As cited, not only is water boarding listed among the “harsh interrogation techniques” used by the spy agency but also listed is “The Attention Grab” in which “The interrogator forcefully grabs the shirt front of the prisoner and shakes him.”
Also cited was the dreaded “Attention Slap: An open-handed slap aimed at causing pain and triggering fear” as well as the much frightful “Belly Slap.” As referenced, the belly slap consist of “A hard open-handed slap to the stomach. The aim is to cause pain, but not internal injury. Doctors consulted advised against using a punch, which could cause lasting internal damage.”