Key Suspect In 911 Attacks Waterboarded 183 Times

04.20.09 | FL News Team

The CIA waterboarded the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 attacks 183 times, according to recently declassified Bush-era Justice Department memos. "The New York Times" reports Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is now at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, was singled out for the treatment to find out what he knew about the attacks.

The controversial technique was used on another terror suspect 83 times. He is Abu Zubaydah, the first prisoner questioned overseas in the Bush administration's war on terror. A former CIA agent told the media in 2007 that Zubaydah had been waterboarded only once, and only for 35 seconds.

The memo that disclosed the information on waterboarding also said the practice was used more frequently and with a larger amount of water than CIA rules specified. President Obama signed an executive order shortly after taking office forbidding waterboarding, calling it torture.