That’s how many times the illegal, unethical, immoral and unjustified “harsh interrogation method” known as waterboarding was used “sparingly” by agents of the CIA under the authorization of the Bush administration.
That’s how many times it was used on two men, both al-Qaeda operatives, AFTER they’d already given up any useful information they had.
This was not interrogation. It was revenge. It was punishment. It was torture.
And it was wrong. The men who wrote the memos authorizing it should be condemned, prosecuted and put in prison for a very long time. The men who did the torture must be brought to justice. And the so-called “leaders” who still, against all available evidence, insist it was necessary we do this to protect our national security should be held accountable to their crimes.
And maybe they should be waterboarded, but that’s not for me to say. I doubt Cheney or Bush would survive even the first five waterboardings, much less 266. Perhaps 266 years in prison for each of them, one year for each time this act of vicious revenge was committed, would suffice.
266. Six times a day for a month for Khalid Shayk Mohammed.
266. That’s what Bush & Cheney thought was “justified.”
266. The new Number of the Beast. Further proof, if we needed it, that neither of them have any morals whatsoever. This was not about protecting America. This was nothing more than abuse. This was torture.