March 14, 2008

WHY SHOULDN'T HE BE WATERBOARDED?:

Senior aide to bin Laden in U.S. hands (Sara A. Carter, March 14, 2008, Washington Times)

A senior al Qaeda operative who worked to procure chemicals to attack U.S. troops in Afghanistan and who helped Osama bin Laden escape from U.S. forces at Tora Bora in 2001 was handed over to Pentagon officials this week by the CIA.

U.S. counterterrorism officials categorized the capture of Afghan national Muhammad Rahim as "very significant" in the war on terror and illustrative of significant gains made against terrorist groups in recent months. [...]

Rahim, who is proficient in several languages and familiar with the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, was a courier for al Qaeda with high-level contacts in many of the terrorist cells throughout the region.

His ties to bin Laden include delivering personal messages for the terrorist leader and others.


Oh, okay, he was, Officials Say C.I.A. Kept Qaeda Suspect in Secret Detention (MARK MAZZETTI, 3/14/08, NY Times)
The Central Intelligence Agency secretly detained a suspected member of Al Qaeda for at least six months beginning last summer as part of a program in which C.I.A. officers have been authorized by President Bush to use harsh interrogation techniques, American officials said Friday.

The suspect, Muhammad Rahim, is the first Qaeda prisoner in nearly a year who intelligence officials have acknowledged has been in C.I.A. detention.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2008 7:01 PM
Comments

Well, the waterbording and microwaving and all that is over and done with. What should be done now is to bait the American peace-creep/folk-enemy/culture-traitor community into making an issue out of the case.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 15, 2008 7:57 AM
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