The new movie “Zero Dark Thirty” suggests that waterboarding yielded key information that led U.S. forces to Osama bin Laden’s hideout.
Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch gives the Hollywood account mixed reviews.
Risch, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the Huffington Post Thursday that waterboarding provided “a scintilla of evidence” in the bin Laden investigation. That puts Risch at odds with some senators — such as John McCain, R-Ariz, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — who disagree with the “Zero Dark Thirty” version of events.
More significant, and more impressive, is Risch’s strong opposition to the use of harsh interrogation techniques. Here’s what he told the Huffington Post.
“The issue isn’t does torture work or not. The issue is, is torture right, or is torture wrong? And the answer to that is torture is wrong. It shouldn’t even be a question as to whether it works or not. ... All the stuff I've looked at — and I’ve looked at lots and lots and lots of stuff — I don’t think any reasonable person could reach a conclusion based on that, that torture works or it doesn't work.”
Risch is in a unique position in the Idaho congressional delegation. As a member of both the Intelligence and the Foreign Relations committees, a lot of Risch’s time is spent working on issues that don’t directly affect Idaho. But these same committee assignments give Risch — and Idaho — a voice on the international stage. On this story, Risch did himself and Idaho proud.