As weeks passed after the capture without significant new confessions, the Bush White House and some at the CIA became convinced that tougher measures had to be tried. The pressure from upper levels of the government was "tremendous," driven in part by the routine of daily meetings in which policymakers would press for updates, one official remembered. "They couldn't stand the idea that there wasn't anything new," the official said. "They'd say, 'You aren't working hard enough.' There was both a disbelief in what he was saying and also a desire for retribution -- a feeling that 'He's going to talk, and if he doesn't talk, we'll do whatever.' "
So Ron Suskind, whose allegations of torture against the palpably insane and low level Al Qaeda laborer Abu Zubaida -- directly overseen at the highest levels by the Bush Administration, was 100% correct.
This charge was dismissed by the White House and politely virtually uncovered by CNN, MSNBC (Olbermann excepted) and, of course, FoxNews, at the time.
And now, of course, no one bothers to cover the past. So the whole thing goes not down the rabbit-hole, but into a place where few people but those who not only read but learn from history care. The country moves on and forgets. Because ignorance is how we roll.