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Brian Williams
Water-boarding worked

Regarding your editorial arguing that renewed interest in water-boarding after the killing of Osama bin Laden is misplaced because it simply does not work and reflects poorly on the values of our nation ("Tortured arguments, revisited," May 5), I completely reject your reasoning. The record regarding the interrogation of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed is clear. Initially, intelligence officers used traditional questioning techniques to gain information, and predictably, KSM remained defiant, silent and unhelpful. Soon after being water-boarded his attitude miraculously changed and he was cooperative and helpful — even eagerly so. In fact, the information he...