Bill: The source is a penis of Abu Zubaydah’s effectual squad. Joseph Margulies, Crisscross Denbeaux and Helen Duffy, who besides symbolize Abu Zubaydah, let contributed to this clause.
Today, maybe more always, the world seems to wishing to bury Abu Zubaydah and reduce any remembrance of what the Joined States governing has through to him (and the hurt he continues to hurt as a answer). Subsequently all those geezerhood in which he was brutally anguished and jailed in isolation—and, boost, held incommunicado—perhaps that should get as no storm. Many multitude strain to sustenance shamefaced thoughts far from knowingness.
Until, that is, events pop that jabbing the shamed thoughts binding into the spotlight. That’s what happened this give when Prexy Outdo nominative CIA vet Gina Haspel to be the agency’s manager. In 2005, Haspel had drafted a cablegram at her superior’s focusing that coherent the end of 90 videotapes of Abu Zubaydah’s query and torment at a CIA “black site” in Thailand. And in May, the like month that Haspel was confirmed as CIA conductor, Abu Zubaydah won lawsuits in the European Romance of Buzz Rights against Lithuania for its complicity in the CIA’s question and twisting of him in its dominion. Lawfare and Fair Surety apiece promulgated pieces on these events, but both outlets’ articles initially included actual errors.
Piece those suffer since been corrected, therein firearm, I volition el on about of the major falsehoods that bear consigned my customer, Abu Zubaydah, to solitary at a military prison at Guantanamo Bay, maybe for the balance of his aliveness.
The man the mankind knows as Abu Zubaydah is a Palestinian innate and brocaded in Saudi Arabia; his forename is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn. He has been held intent without care or test by the U.S. authorities for more 16 eld, with no end in survey. Possibly not since the French political dirt known as the Dreyfus Matter, at the number of the Twentieth c, has thither been such a conjunctive safari to exclaim mistaken data almost a captive.
In our client’s pillowcase, the motivation was to gather license to torturing Abu Zubaydah and to offer a cornerstone for retention him incommunicado and in isolation.
Abu Zubaydah was captured on Borderland 28, 2002, in Faisalabad, Pakistan, and presently became the content of a political address by Chair George W. Chaparral, who boasted: “The over-the-counter day, we hauled in a guy named Abu Zubaydah. He’s one of the top operatives plotting and provision destruction and death on the Joined States. He’s not plotting and provision anymore.
He’s where he belongs.” But omit for the tidings of Abu Zubaydah’s catch, these former allegations were sham.
Notwithstanding, this content was recurrent, with suggestions from governing officials—including V.p. Peter Cheney and Condoleezza Rice, so the internal certificate adviser—that our node was “chief of operations” for al-Qaeda and a third-in-command to Osama bin Loaded and Ayman al-Zawahiri. When well-advised that al-Qaeda experts at the CIA held a reverse feeling almost Abu Zubaydah, according to Ron Suskind’s 2006 leger “ The One-hundredth Philosophy ,” Bush’s “private letdown fell” on then-CIA Manager George Dogma.
“I aforesaid he was crucial,” Chaparral told Dogma at one of their everyday briefings.
“You’re not leaving to let me misplace aspect on this, are you?”
“No sir, Mr. Chairwoman,” Dogma dutifully replied.
Presently, Abu Zubaydah was mould as the Joined States’ beginning “high-value detainee” and became the lonely topic of an Aug. 1, 2002, memorandum from the Jurist Department’s Position of Sound Guidance (OLC) to the CIA’s playing universal counsellor, Lavatory Rizzo. The papers was highborn “ Interrogative of al Qaeda Sherlock .” But as the Sen word committee’s innovative twisting account celebrated in 2014, the CIA conceded in 2006 that Abu Zubaydah “was not a mem of Al Qaeda” (Paginate 410).
Farther, efficient Jan. 24, 2018, Abu Zubaydah was delisted by the Joined Nations Protection Council from its Islamic Commonwealth and al-Qaeda Sanctions Listing, based on the testimonial of the U.N. ombudsperson, who too complete that Abu Zubaydah was not a appendage of al-Qaeda (Vitrine 78).
The OLC memorandum sanctioned 10 straining techniques, including waterboarding, to be inflicted on Abu Zubaydah. It predicated its sound thinking on “facts” provided by the CIA (contempt the agency’s privately held self-contradictory persuasion) in what it called a “Psychological Appraisal.” E.g.:
[Z]ubaydah, though but 31, roseate chop-chop from selfsame low layer mujahedeen to 3rd or quarter man in al Qaeda. He has served as Usama Bin Laden’s elder deputy… Zubaydah has been tangled in every major terrorist functioning carried out by al Qaeda. He was a contriver for the Millenary diagram to approach U.S. and Israeli targets during the…celebrations in Jordan…
Furthermore, he was one of the planners of the September 11 attacks.
Demur for Abu Zubaydah’s age, every one of these averments besides was pretended.
Formerly the regime distinct that the CIA could contumely Abu Zubaydah, the bureau flew him to Thailand, where he was anguished in a CIA “black situation.” Earlier it began, the CIA’s inquiry squad, well-educated what would be inflicted upon the captive, sought-after and obtained aegis from their superiors therein devil’s buy:
[E]especially in lighter of the plotted psychological press techniques to be enforced, we motivation to get sane assurances that Abu Zubaydah volition stay in isolation and incommunicado for the end of his living.
Officers from the CIA’s Bin Oppressed whole, called the ALEC post, replied:
Thither is a jolly consentient view inside HQS that Abu Zubaydah testament ne’er be situated in a place where he has any meaning touch with others and/or has the chance to be released… [A]ll major players are in co-occurrence that Abu Zubaydah should persist incommunicado for the residue of his aliveness.
With this guaranty, the enquiry squad proceeded to torment Abu Zubaydah. Included therein were 83 instances of waterboarding. That’s not “simulated drowning,” as about would birth it, but literal drowning of the strapped-down intent until the interrogators distinct to closure; “walling,” or slamming the dupe into a rampart by slinging him against it by way of a towel enwrapped about his cervix; travail for foresightful periods in a coffin-shaped box or a littler “dog box,” in which he could be crammed only hard writhed; quietus privation, occasionally for as yearn as 180 hours, unremarkably spell standing or strained into focus positions; conquering to extremum frigidness spell naked—and more.
During leastways one 17-day episode, use of the distortion techniques continued in “varying combinations, 24 hours a day,” the Sen tidings commission torturing composition renowned.
The enquiry squad videotaped Abu Zubaydah’s overrefinement. Because these tapes provided a singularly priceless book of just what the CIA and its contractors had through to him and what the torture’s effects looked similar, in November 2005, Jose Rodriguez, so mind of the agency’s hugger-mugger servicing, coherent the devastation of the tapes scorn perennial orders from a federal approximate to place and make them too as a postulation from the 9/11 Direction. Earlier ordination the devastation, Rodriguez confessed that “the heat” that CIA officials would absorb destroying the tapes “is aught compared to what it would be if the tapes always got into the populace area….” It would be “ crushing to us .”
Subsequently the CIA and its contractors tormented Abu Zubaydah in Thailand, pursuant to its interpreting, hold and interrogatory syllabus, the means so flew him to otc CIA melanize sites in Poland and Guantanamo Bay (where he was held until the CIA lettered that the Sovereign Romance power assignment captives thither approach to counselor and the rightfield to assay a writ of habeas principal ), too as to Morocco, Lithuania, Afghanistan and peradventure former countries . (As a answer of the complicity of both Poland and Lithuania in Abu Zubaydah’s enslavement and twisting, the European Romance of Hum Rights ruled that both nations owed him 100,000 euros apiece. Spell Lithuania hush has clip to bespeak that its causa be referred to the K Bedroom, the cause for granting such a postulation are exceptionally specialize, so that discernment belike is concluding.)
Meantime, the U.S. governance continued penning and testifying with blazing falsehoods some Abu Zubaydah. The Sen overrefinement reputation notes that an Aug. 31, 2006, OLC memorandum, again to CIA Performing Universal Counselor Lavatory Rizzo, “repeated the like inaccurate representations, edubirdie which kickoff appeared in the Grand 2001 OLC memoranda, that Abu Zubaydah was al Qaeda’s ‘third or one-quarter highest higher-ranking member’ and had been tortuous ‘in every major terrorist surgery carried out by al Qaeda.’” The Sen agony account not but debunked such claims totally but likewise added that CIA records as other as 2002 failed to documentation such representations and that “two weeks anterior to issue of the Revered 2006 memo the CIA had promulgated an tidings appraisal explaining how the CIA had resuscitate ‘miscast Abu Zubaydah as a ‘senior al Qaeda lieutenant”’ (Varlet 430).
In a 2016 reassessment of a record by old CIA manager Michael Hayden, the New York Multiplication subject surety newsman Charlie Blast wrote:
Another representative of his less-than-complete forthrightness came to twinkle in December 2014, when the Sen News Commission released a five-hundred-page sum-up of its survey of millions of home CIA documents some the inquiry syllabus: it singled out Hayden with a xxxvii foliate appendix citing claims he had made in testimonial ahead the commission and quoting documents that contradicted him. The reputation pictured him as overstating the valuate of the info provided by detainees afterward they had been subjected to “enhanced” techniques, patch understating both the act of masses the means had held and the rigor of what interrogators did to them.
As the Sen torturing story makes champaign, many of Hayden’s contradicted statements implicated Abu Zubaydah. Our client’s agony ceased when the humanity last figured out what the CIA had been doing clandestinely—and the authority was strained to layover. Scrub proclaimed on Phratry.
6, 2006, that all captives antecedently held afield by the CIA in blacken sites would be transferred to Guantanamo. In the like language, the prexy perennial falsehoods alike to those cited supra: “We trust that Abu Zubaydah was a elderly terrorist leader and a sure companion of Osama bin Loaded .”
Ironically, it was the demolition of the videotapes that prompted the Sen news commission to suffrage 14-1 to discipline the CIA’s custody and query platform and, late, to issue the extremely redacted 499-page study to consecrate a gumption of its findings. The full-of-the-moon bailiwick, which runs more 6,700 pages, stiff classified, but level the extremely redacted administrator compendious exposes innumerable falsehoods most Abu Zubaydah put off by the CIA. The story dispels the falsehoods almost Abu Zubaydah famous therein clause, including those so-called by Scrub.
But the CIA is responsible many otc falsehoods concerning our customer. As the account base: “Much of the data the CIA provided to the OLC (to gather the power to agony) was inaccurate in fabric respects” (Paginate 409).
In a sentiency, Abu Zubaydah shouldn’t indigence the Sen torturing theme to confute the allegations described hither. Had those assertions been genuine, Abu Zubaydah would let been prosecuted yearn ago kinda than organism immured in a top-secret military prison. But the U.S. governance doesn’t deprivation to pursue him. Members of our effectual squad wrote quadruplet letters to commission officials from May 10, 2012, to Feb. 5, 2016, urgency so demanding that they mission and engage Abu Zubaydah.
We level filed an morals ailment against the boss prosecutor declarative his responsibility to follow with these demands, but the commonwealth morals board—recognizing a political hot murphy when presented with one—declined to actuate against the prosecutor. None of these efforts succeeded. Thence, later more 16 days (and count) the Joined States continues to clutches Abu Zubaydah in solitary, incommunicado, therein military prison.
Two features of this story merit account. What rather lawyers need that their customer be prosecuted? Resolve: The sort who look sure-footed around the trial’s result and who know this desolate verity.
Spell the Sen word commission reputation contains antecedently nameless details approximately Abu Zubaydah’s distortion, the humans has ne’er been told the good level of the horrors the CIA and its contractors inflicted on him. Coherent with the CIA’s master devil’s deal, the politics continues to garbage to return the danger that all the ghastly details astir what the Joined States did to Abu Zubaydah would issue during a test. As Karen Greenberg, manager of the Center Home Protection at Fordham Law Schooltime, wrote:
[I]n every test lurks the hypothesis that the world would see the details of the government’s insult of prisoners, and learn scarce how far from traditional American ideals, and the Organization, judge had strayed.
What if, as the solvent of a tryout, Abu Zubaydah is vindicated or sentenced to a curt condition of captivity? If he becomes a justify man, he could so unwrap everything. That’s another endangerment the administration refuses to proceeds, so contempt its unproven causa, it continues to clasp him as a “forever captive.”