The “Purported” Detainee Assessments

By: Monday June 13, 2011 10:53 am

When I posted on the new guidelines the government has given Gitmo lawyers on how they can use the Gitmo Detainee Assessment Briefs released by WikiLeaks, I had not yet seen the guidelines. Here they are. What’s most interesting to me about the guidelines is the way the government appears to be trying to undercut [...]

The Gitmo Lawyers’ Information Gulag

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 4:42 am

Charlie Savage reports on the new “relaxed” standards that will allow Gitmo defense lawyers to glance at the Gitmo Detainee Assessment Briefs released by WikiLeaks. (h/t fatster) In guidance to the lawyers — who have security clearances, and so are required to follow government rules for the handling of classified information — the department’s court [...]

Teaching Our Polish Partners in Torture: State Secrets

By: Friday June 3, 2011 5:25 pm

I had been predicting for weeks before Obama went to Poland that the Poles would move to quash their investigation into the black site at which KSM and others were tortured. And sure enough, that appears to be what happened. The first move actually happened before Obama arrived in Poland: three days before Obama got [...]

Next They’ll Put Gitmo Transfer Prohibitions on USDA Funding

By: Friday June 3, 2011 10:01 am

A number of people have commented on the Obama Administration’s statement of opposition to a ban on Department of Homeland Security funding for Gitmo detainee transfers. Here’s Benjamin Wittes: The administration just issued a Statement of Administration Policy on a DHS appropriations bill (H.R. 2017), which contains a spending restriction similar to one of the [...]

US Charges KSM, 9/11 Plotters, Again

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 12:37 pm

DOD has announced that prosecutors have recommended charges against KSM and the other alleged 9/11 plotters. The Department of Defense announced today the office of military commissions prosecutors have sworn charges against five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay:  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Jose Rodriguez Brags that He Got Terrorists to Deny Things Using Torture

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 5:33 am

Jose Rodriguez, the guy who as head of Counterterrorism Center oversaw the torture program and who as head of Clandestine Services had the videotapes that would prove torturers exceeded torture guidelines destroyed, has chosen this moment to give his first public interview. And according to Rodriguez, torture was key in finding Osama bin Laden. “Information [...]

KSM Was Lying about OBL’s Location While Hiding the Courier Who Could Locate Him

By: Tuesday May 3, 2011 2:26 pm

I apologize for yet another post on why the torture apologists claims that torture got us Osama bin Laden are wrong. The debate is now manipulating the question at issue, suggesting that the fact Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libi provided tidbits (or, according to several reports, unconvincing denials) that led to OBL equates [...]

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, [...]

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