April 28, 2007

IT'S NOT ABOUT CONFESSIONS:

CIA held suspect in secret prison for months (Mark Mazzetti and David S. Cloud, April 28, 2007, )

The CIA held a captured Al Qaeda leader in a secret prison since autumn and transferred him a week ago to the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Friday.

The detainee, Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, an Iraqi Kurd who is said to have joined Al Qaeda in the late 1990s and ascended to become a top aide to Osama bin Laden, is the first terrorism suspect known to have been held in secret Central Intelligence Agency jails since President George W. Bush announced the transfer of 14 captives to Guantánamo Bay in September.

Intelligence officials said that under questioning Iraqi had provided valuable intelligence about Al Qaeda's hierarchy and operations. It appears he gave up this information after being subjected to interrogation methods approved for the Defense Department, not harsher methods that the CIA is awaiting approval to use.

Human rights advocates expressed anger that the United States continued a program of secret detention, and some wondered why the CIA claimed it needed harsh interrogation methods to extract information from detainees when it appeared that Iraqi had given up information using Pentagon-approved interrogation practices.


You'd think human rights advocates would be pleased that we'd obtained intelligence that might help save innocent people, or do only evildoers have these rights?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 28, 2007 8:00 AM
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some (morons) wondered why the CIA claimed it needed harsh interrogation methods to extract information from detainees when it appeared that Iraqi had given up information using Pentagon-approved interrogation practices...

Because they were afraid the CIA's were going to use harsher interrogation methods if they didn't talk. If the CIA's methods didn't work, they would be handed over to the Iraqis.

Posted by: ic at April 28, 2007 1:15 PM

The Left doesn't believe these people exist.

If Zawahiri is ever captured, he should be allowed to address a joint session of Congress before his execution. It would be quite interesting to listen to the media voice-overs during his rant, and I suspect that not one Democrat would attend.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 28, 2007 5:50 PM

If you have to ask the question...

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 29, 2007 12:12 PM
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