Hassan Ghul’s World Travels

By: Wednesday June 15, 2011 5:53 am

Adam Goldman significantly fleshes out the story of what happened to Hassan Ghul after he was picked up in Iraq in 2004. It appears that Ghul may have been freed by the Pakistanis sometime after January 2007 because of his ties to Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has close ties to the ISI. The whole article is worthwhile [...]

Is Mukasey Suggesting We Ignored Information Mohammed al-Qahtani Gave Us?

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 12:13 pm

I’ve been having difficulty finding the time to get through the entire AEI torture extravaganza that took place yesterday (“Moderated” by John Yoo). But by the time I read this Greg Sargent piece, I had gotten through the point at about 3 minutes in where Michael Mukasey said, Was there a memo in the file [...]

Panetta: No Detainee in CIA Custody Revealed Courier’s Real Name

By: Monday May 16, 2011 10:02 am

Greg Sargent has liberated the letter that Leon Panetta sent to John McCain to explain how torture didn’t find Osama bin Laden. Sargent has three paragraphs of the letter (go read them), but here is the operative passage. Let me further point out that we first learned about the facilitator/courier’s nom de guerre from a [...]

The Confusion about When Hassan Ghul’s Torture Started

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 9:26 am

In this post, I noted that John McCain seemed to be talking about Hassan Ghul when he spoke of a detainee who gave up key information on Osama bin Laden’s courier without being tortured. It’s the other detail I find even more interesting: that info on Abu Ahmed’s real role and his real relationship with [...]

John McCain: KSM Lied Under Torture, Just Like I Did

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 5:06 am

John McCain has, on balance, a good op-ed in the WaPo refuting Michael Mukasey’s embrace of torture. McCain’s larger point is that our approach to the Arab Spring will have a key role in our ability to defeat terrorists, which is a point not being made vociferously enough. And while he places himself in the [...]

The Weird Circumstances Surrounding Hassan Ghul’s Interrogation

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 12:33 pm

As I noted earlier, the AP and other outlets have reported that Hassan Ghul was among the first to inform American interrogators of the importance of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. Here’s what the AP reported. Then in 2004, top al-Qaida operative Hassan Ghul was captured in Iraq. Ghul told the CIA that al-Kuwaiti was a courier, [...]

Tracking the Courier … Through Hassan Ghul

By: Tuesday May 3, 2011 5:43 am

Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo have fleshed out the story I linked here, describing the threads of intelligence that led to the courier–whose name they report as Sheikh Abu Ahmed–who in turn led to Osama bin Laden. The story includes the following steps: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, months after he was waterboarded and via “standard” interrogation, [...]

The Wrong Missing Detainee: Hassan or Janat?

By: Saturday February 27, 2010 2:04 pm

When they Bradbury memos were released last year, Dafna Linzer noted a name that was not properly redacted in the CAT Memo. Three years after his capture, human rights groups [5] were surprised when Ghul was not included among 14 high-value detainees who were transferred out of the CIA’s black sites program and sent to [...]

The “Legal Principles” Timeline

By: Friday September 4, 2009 7:25 am

The “Legal Principles” document appears to have been written with John Yoo’s assistance to exclude some CIA activities from prosecution.

Dan Levin’s September Memo

By: Friday August 28, 2009 4:23 pm

Dan Levin wrote a memo in September 2004 that reveals certain details about the torture program.

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