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Did waterboarding lead to bin Laden? We don't know and it doesn't matter

The successful raid on Osama bin Laden's safe house in Pakistan has reinvigorated debate over the role that "enhanced interrogation techniques" have played in fighting al-Qaida. No one is switching sides, which has turned the argument into a theological one between two sets of true believers. Each views the other as heretics. Get over it. The whole debate is pointless posturing. There is no way to prove or disprove the real worth of America's experiment with waterboarding and coercive techniques. More important, enhanced interrogation isn't coming back. The legal framework underlying waterboarding collapsed during President George W. Bush's tenure. The White...

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