No, this is not the Guantanamo detainee who was ordered free by a judge recently due to lack of evidence.
Also don’t forget what the ACLU revealed last week: Tenet, Ashcroft, and Rumsfeld told the 9/11 Commission that they (Commission Members) could not cross “certain lines” of investigation, namely the interviews with detainees like the one in the story below….and above.
By Jason Leopold source: Truthout April 2, 2010
Editor’s Note: As of 4:51 pm PST Thursday, April 1, 2010, this story was updated to include additional information from the court document undercutting the government’s case and is now a complete writethru.
The Justice Department has quietly recanted nearly every major claim the Bush administration made about Abu Zubaydah, the alleged al-Qaeda leader who was the first suspected terrorist subjected to the torture of waterboarding and other White House-approved “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
In a federal court filing, Justice backed away from the Bush administration’s statements that Zubaydah was the No. 2 or No. 3 official in al-Qaeda who had helped plan the 9/11 attacks, as well as even earlier claims from the Clinton administration that he was directly involved in planning the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa.
The US government’s retreat underscores yet another problem with President George W. Bush’s use of torture. Besides its illegality and immorality, torture can be applied to suspected terrorists who have been falsely identified and who thus don’t possess the expected information, which can lead frustrated interrogators to escalate the torture until the subject provides something, whether true or not.
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