There’s an astounding passage in Bybee’s Second Response to the OPR Report that reveals that Abu Zubaydah’s torturers relied on a July 13, 2002 memo Yoo sent to John Rizzo, rather than the Bybee One Memo, for their general torture authorization. In a passage attempting to refute OPR’s assertion that the Bybee Memo was written […]
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At Mary’s instigation, I went back to look at Ibn Sheikh al-Libi’s description of how he was shoved into a coffin-like box in Egypt. (Thanks to burnt for the searchable copy.) According to al-Libi, the foreign government service [redacted] “stated that the next topic was al-Qa’ida’s connections with Iraq. … This was a subject about […]
KSM will be moved to NY for trial.
Abu Zubaydah’s psychological profile was a complete whitewash of his condition. Surprise.
As MadDog pointed out, the latest redactions of the CSRT transcripts are up at ACLU.
Transcript of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad’s CSRT (27 page PDF).
Transcript of Al Nashiri’s CSRT (39 page PDF).
Transcript of Abu Zubaydah’s CSRT (30 page PDF)
Transcript of Majid Khan’s CSRT (50 page PDF)
I say “latest redactions” because they really haven’t declassified that much–just single lines here and there.
The biggest piece of news, IMO, is Rahim al-Nashiri’s
Sheldon Whitehouse says we got no actionable intelligence from Abu Zubaydah through waterboarding.
I increasingly suspect that the torture index provided to ACLU may better pinpoint the day when Abu Zubaydah’s torture began. Here are they key datapoints.
April 13, 2002: CIA starts taping Abu Zubaydah interrogations.
April 16, 2002: Bruce Jessen circulates draft exploitation plan to JPRA Commander.
April 2002: CIA OGC lawyers begin conversations with John Bellinger and John Yoo/Jay Bybee on proposed interrogation plan for Abu Zubaydah.
The government is withholding key volumes from Abu Zubaydah’s diaries, which not only would reveal he was critical of 9/11, but that he was tortured at the hands of the CIA.
As Marcy noted back on April 29th, the issue of Nancy Pelosi’s briefing back in 2002 on the Bush/Cheney torture program, whether or not it was being applied to Abu Zubaydah and, if so, to what extent has really turned into a he said-she said game. So, it should not come as any surprise that yet another missive has been launched in this little passion play.
Is James Mitchell the “psychologist/interrogator” who performed a psychological profile of Abu Zubaydah declaring him fit to be tortured?