Tuesday, May 12 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Alleged 9/11 Mastermind: 'I Gave A Lot Of False Information...'
Those who have actually read the 9/11 Commission Report are well aware that the findings, and following recommendations, were significantly based on "intelligence" gathered from men like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of 9/11. Now that we undeniably know this "intelligence" was indeed based on false confessions, desperately concocted to make the torture stop (KSM was waterboarded 183 times in ONE MONTH, for example), isn't it finally time to truly investigate and PROSECUTE the crimes of 9/11? And if the entire substance of "justification" to invade and destroy Iraq was based on false allegations made by Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi in order to keep from being buried alive, isn't it time to truly prosecute the case for murder put forward by Vincent Bugliosi?
May 11, 2009
The Red Cross is the organization charged with deciding what is torture and what isn't.
The International Committee of the Red Cross interviewed Khalid Shaikh Mohammed - the alleged 9/11 mastermind - at Guantanamo Bay.
Here's what KSM told the Red Cross (see below for more from a review of this report):
Straight from the horse's mouth:
* Torture doesn't work; and
* The 9/11 Commission report was based on worthless
confessions extracted by torture (and, as I've previously discussed, the
witness who fingered Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as the mastermind of 9/11 was himself
US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites
April 9, 2009
By Mark Danner
ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" in CIA Custody by the International Committee of the Red Cross
rom The New York Review of Books , a very extensive article with much more important information about the ICRC Report:
...There is a reverse side, of course, to the "ticking bomb" and torture: pain and ill-treatment, by creating an unbearable pressure on the detainee to say something, anything, to make the pain stop, increase the likelihood that he will fabricate stories, and waste time, or worse. At least some of the intelligence that came of the "alternative set of procedures," like Zubaydah's supposed "information" about attacks on shopping malls and banks, seems to have led the US government to issue what turned out to be baseless warnings to Americans. Khaled Shaik Mohammed asserted this directly in his interviews with the ICRC. "During the harshest period of my interrogation," he said,
For all the talk of ticking bombs, very rarely, if ever, have officials been able to point to information gained by interrogating prisoners with "enhanced techniques" that enabled them to prevent an attack that had reached its "operational stage" (that is, had gone beyond reconnoitering and planning). Still, widespread perception that such techniques have prevented attacks, actively encouraged by the President and other officials, has been politically essential in letting the administration carry on with these policies after they had largely become public. Polls tend to show that a majority of Americans are willing to support torture only when they are assured that it will "thwart a terrorist attack." Because of the political persuasiveness of such scenarios it is vital that a future inquiry truly investigate claims that attacks have been prevented.
Nonetheless, Cheney continues his media appearances, insisting "Obama endangers the nation" because torture is necessary, and has produced useful information, especially from KSM. A Sunday WashingtonTimes piece quotes Cheney:
And in a related story, posted separately, we learn that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi has died, allegedly of suicide, in a Libyan prison, following 7.5 years in captivity, during which he was also tortured (at a black site in Egypt). Al-Libi was the source of the story that "Saddam Hussein had been involved in training al-Qaeda operatives in the use of chemical and biological weapons was used to justify the invasion of Iraq."
Torture doesn't work, Mr. Cheney . . . no matter what you say.
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