June 22, 2008


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: The interrogator who made him talk (Tom Leonard, 22/06/2008, Daily Telegraph)

Speaking quietly and patiently, and sometimes bringing his prisoner snacks such as dates, Mr Martinez was brought in after harsher interrogation techniques had been used on Mohammed, an American-educated engineer.

"They'd have long talks about religion", comparing notes between Islam and Mr Martinez's Catholicism, a CIA officer told the New York Times. "He wrote poems to Deuce's wife." Mr Martinez would listen to Mohammed's despair that he would probably never see his children again and his complaints about his living conditions, in particular his lack of a view.

Their relationship progressed to the stage that - according to Mr Martinez - Mohammed would offer key information unvolunteered.

This included his claim to have killed Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal correspondent kidnapped in Pakistan, which Mr Martinez told colleagues came out of the blue.

Mr Martinez was a specialist in analysing computer data on drug shipments but, aged 36, was moved to the CIA's counter-terrorism operation in Islamabad in 2002.

Intelligence chiefs struggling with their inexperience in dealing with an organisation such as al-Qa'eda, had concluded that searching for drug lords was not that different to looking for terrorist leaders.

After his capture, Mohammed cooperated sporadically with his captors, who believed that he was often giving incorrect information.

However, he talked most freely to Mr Martinez. Colleagues noted that they had a certain amount in common - they were a similar age, they both went to universities in the American South, they were both religious and they were both fathers.

The poetic "tributes" to Mr Martinez's wife, scribbled in ungrammatical English, were intended as a mark of respect to the interrogator, said a colleague.

The intelligence provided by Mohammed was reflected in the report of the official 9/11 commission, which listed 60 occasions on which he provided facts about al-Q'aeda.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 22, 2008 4:36 PM

What Khalid and Martinez do NOT have in common: Murder of helpless prisoners.

This should be a short war-crimes hearing.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 22, 2008 6:16 PM

D. Martinez - Working overseas for CIA, interrogating (successfully) a monster like KSM, thus earning the specific enmity of Al Queda et al, a genuine soldier in the War on Terror, subject to targeting as such.

Not at all someone that the NYT needs worry about outing of course, according to their stringent standards. And from the Left - crickets chirping.

V. Plame - A housewife working in Langley for the CIA, analyzing documents, not left the country in five years, already outed to the Cubans and Russians long ago, a specialist in WMD's with a husband with a propensity for polemical discussion of.... WMD's.... in the New York Times, an analyst whom the CIA did not even bother asking Robert Novak to keep secret when given the chance to....

A heroic patriot, God HELP us all if she is outed by those insectile Bush minions. And from the Left - howling, teeth-gnashing and rending of garments as their favorite organization, the CIA, is undermined, these PATRIOTIC servants!, by this Bush regime, etc etc.

Yeah, the world makes sense. No problem.

Posted by: Andrew X at June 22, 2008 7:49 PM
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