Justice Dept Report Seems to Refute Cheney's Torture Claims
Former Vice President Richard 'Dick' Cheney has long maintained and voiced his belief that the use of what has been termed 'enhanced interrogation techniques' during the Bush administration, also referred to as torture, provided actionable intelligence from alleged terror suspects.
It has been offered, as proof of the former Vice President's claim, in the case of Abu Zubaydah, that the waterboarding of this man provided information on two operatives, Jose Padilla and Binyam Mohammed.
Binyam Mohammed subsequently was released, having an appeals court in the United Kingdom render a verdict that the formerly held U.S. prisoner had suffered " .... cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities."
In the case of Jose Padilla, the timing of the acquisition of the alleged intelliegence didn't match up with the facts.
But as Michael Isikoff reported over the weekend, the recently-released report from the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility contains disclosures that "could prove awkward for Cheney and his supporters."
The report provides new information about the contents of one of the never released agency memos, concluding that it significantly misstated the timing of the capture of one Al Qaeda suspect in order to make a claim that seems to have been patently false.
In essence, the CIA insisted that the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah "provided significant information on two operatives, Jose Padilla and Binyam Mohammed, who planned to build and detonate a 'dirty bomb' in the Washington DC area." As anyone who's followed the case knows, charges against Mohamed were dropped, he was released from detention and returned to the United Kingdom, where the Court of Appeal found that he had been treated to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities."
As for Padilla, the problem for Cheney and supporters is one of timing:
But as the Justice report points out, this was wrong. "In fact, Padilla was arrested in May 2002, not 2003 ... The information '[leading] to the arrest of Padilla' could not have been obtained through the authorized use of EITs."
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