Included among the "treasure trove" of documents discovered during last week's daring raid was Osama bin Laden's personal diary. Here now, for the first time, is an exclusive look at some of the entries.
It remains to be seen if the public, or the intelligence community, will ever know with certainty if coercive measures played a direct or meaningful role in obtaining the intelligence necessary to find the al Qaeda figurehead.
There is only one thing that we know about torture that works for certain: torture debases us. It doesn't just debase its victims or those who perpetrate it. It debases all of us in whose name it is conducted.
With all the hullabaloo surrounding bin Laden's execution, let's not lose sight of the fact that while it is undoubtedly a SOCOM success story, it is also a stunning seven-year-fumble by U.S. intelligence and foreign policy.
The Obama administration got bin Laden through persistent intelligence gathering and well-coordinated military action. But now right-wing ideologues are trying to argue that the key to the success was torture.
The recent operation against Osama bin Laden has consumed much news coverage, and there have been specific and more opaque references to the amount of intelligence collection necessary to move to raid bin Laden's compound.
Documents released by WikiLeaks tell us that the State Department's Iran watchers are effectively replicating what the Bush Administration's widely discredited Office of Special Plans did with regard to Iraq.