Mastermind Of 9/11 Attacks Says He Lied Under Torture

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There are quite a few of us who think that torture is an acceptable way of getting information out of suspected terrorists. The ends justify the means and us stooping to such a level of barbarism is right and good. Even though we become what we hate, we need to get the info at any cost. But what about future costs? Like when the time comes to put these men on trial and it comes out that everything they confessed to was admitted to under torture. Will a jury find the evidence admissable when it was extracted after 181 waterboarding sessions? When you read the statements of the terrorism suspects below, we have made it possible for some people to actually feel sorry for these scumbags. The one terrorist even goes on the claim that he almost died four times due to our interrogation methods. True, or not, we have left the door open for these claims against us. The question remains, is this all worth it? Does making us look as savage as those we fight, work in our favor?

Detainee claims to have lied under CIA torture


Detainee claims to have lied under CIA torture AFP/File - File photo of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged organizer of the September 11, 2001, attacks, shortly after ...

Tue Jun 16, 10:03 am ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, an accused top Al-Qaeda operative and self-confessed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, claimed to have lied under torture by the CIA, according to government transcripts released Monday.

"I just make up stories," he said in broken English, telling a 2007 military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay of an interrogation session during which he was asked about the location of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

"Where is he? I don't know. Then he torture me," said Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

"Then I said: 'Yes, he is in this area or this is Al-Qaeda...' I said no, they torture me."

Although he said he made false confessions, in the same hearing, Mohammed had a personal representative read a statement in which he admitted to having taken part in 31 separate terror plots and responsibilities.

Another "high value" detainee, Abu Zubaydah, said he almost died under interrogation.

"After months of suffering and torture, physically and mentally, they did not care about my injuries that they inflicted to my eye, to my stomach, to my bladder, and my left thigh and my reproductive organs... Doctors told me that I nearly died four times," Zubaydah said.

"They say, 'this in your diary.' They say, 'see you want to make operation against America.' I say no, the idea is different. They say no, torturing, torturing. I say 'okay, I do. I was decide to make operation.'"

Zubaydah was the first "high-value" detainee to be subjected to enhanced interrogation approved by the George W. Bush administration, including waterboarding, a simulated drowning method critics say amounts to torture.

A CIA spokesman, George Little, said, "The CIA plainly has a very different take on its past interrogation practices, what they were and what they weren't, and on the need to protect properly classified national security information."

The partially redacted documents were released as part of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to obtain uncensored transcripts of military tribunals held to determine whether detainees were "enemy combatants," a designation that has been dropped by President Barack Obama's administration.

The hearings were closed to both lawyers and the public. Previously released versions of the documents had blacked out most references to prisoner abuse under CIA custody.

Majid Khan, the only US national among "high value" detainees held at Guantanamo, the US naval base in southern Cuba where some 230 prisoners remain, also claimed he had been tortured.

"In the end, any classified information you have is through... agencies who physically and mentally tortured me," he said.

ACLU staff attorney Ben Wizner called on the Obama administration to release more documents related to the CIA's detention program and said the rights group would return to the court to seek a full declassification of the documents.

"The documents released today provide further evidence of brutal torture and abuse in the CIA's interrogation program and demonstrate beyond doubt that this information has been suppressed solely to avoid embarrassment and growing demands for accountability," said Wizner.



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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Israel believe that Obama opened a can of worms that he will regret!

Jun 16, 2009 07:40 AM #1
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
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He already opened the can and the worms are spreading like wildfire. This is absolutely absurd.

Jun 16, 2009 10:06 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I worked in corrections and the one thing that I do know, Criminals will say what ever it takes to get them ahead. Be it in court, with the cops or their atty's. 

Jun 16, 2009 10:07 AM #3
Israel Barden
RE/MAX Big Bear Village - Big Bear Lake, CA

William- Exactly. Criminals will use any out they can get. Do you think our use of torture will make it easier for these terrorists to get lighter sentences, or God forbid aquittals?

Mike- It is a two edged sword. I think legalizing torture in the first place was a mistake. Now it is coming back to haunt us.

Trey- Wildfire is a good term for what is happening.

Jun 16, 2009 11:13 AM #4
Hugh Krone
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Realtor, Sussex County NJ

Israel, I'm sure reading him his rights first would have been much more effective.

Jun 17, 2009 02:30 AM #5
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