According to Kiriakou, based on what he had been told by the CIA, it had taken only a single brief instance of waterboarding to extract answers to an interrogator's questions from Abu Zubaydah....
He was able to withstand the waterboarding for quite some time. And by that I mean probably 30, 35 seconds... and a short time afterwards, in the next day or so, he told his interrogator that Allah had visited him in his cell during the night and told him to cooperate.
Eventually it became known that Abu Zubaydah had in fact been waterboarded at least 83 times, and that little or no useful extra information may have been gained by "harsh methods".
The only Fed to be convicted and sent to jail for torture was the one official who didn't engage in it and spoke out publicly against it. And in order to get that prized conviction in The Era Of Obama Transparency, John Kiriakou was set up and railroaded lock, stock and barrel. The animals who did the actual torturing, the lying, son of a bitch, bastard who destroyed records of those proud, defining moments in American history are home resting, getting their pay checks with drink (and flag) in hand.