And the award for the least convincing attempt to spin torture goes to....
Joseph Abrams of Fox News who claims that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was not waterboarded 183 times.
No, he says, that's a gross exaggeration. Despite what some pinkos would have you believe, the interrogators just covered his face with a cloth and interrupted his breathing by dousing him with water 183 times, spread over a total of five sessions.
So, they didn't waterboard him on 183 separate occasions, they kept him strapped down in between attempts:
The New York Times reported last week that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,
the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was waterboarded
183 times in one month by CIA interrogators. The "183 times" was widely
circulated by news outlets throughout the world.
It was shocking. And it was highly misleading. The number is a vast inflation, according to information from
a U.S. official and the testimony of the terrorists themselves.
U.S. official with knowledge of the interrogation program told FOX News
that the much-cited figure represents the number of times water was
poured onto Mohammed's face -- not the number of times the CIA applied
the simulated-drowning technique on the terror suspect. According to a
Cross report, he was subjected a total of "five sessions of ill-treatment."
"The water was poured 183
times -- there were 183 pours," the official explained, adding that "each pour was a matter of seconds."
So, U.S. officials who speak to Fox News on background have chosen to count waterboarding attempts by the number of sessions, not number of pours.
It's the equivalent of mentally counting a bag of potato chips as a one serving, no matter how big the bag is.