Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Wire: CIA Confirms Waterboarding Obtained Intel Thwarted 9/11-Style Attack on Los Angeles

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2009 -- Newswires reported Tuesday that the Central Intelligence Agency told CNSNews.com today that it stands by the assertion made in a May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that the use of "enhanced techniques" of interrogation on al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) -- including the use of waterboarding -- caused KSM to reveal information that allowed the U.S. government to thwart a planned attack on Los Angeles.

Before he was waterboarded, when KSM was asked about planned attacks on the United States, he ominously told his CIA interrogators, "Soon, you will know," the CNSNews.com report noted.

CNSNews.com also reported the following details:
According to the previously classified May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that was released by President Barack Obama last week, the thwarted attack -- which KSM called the “Second Wave”-- planned “ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles.”

KSM was the mastermind of the first “hijacked-airliner” attacks on the United States, which struck the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Northern Virginia on Sept. 11, 2001.

After KSM was captured by the United States, he was not initially cooperative with CIA interrogators. Nor was another top al Qaeda leader named Zubaydah. KSM, Zubaydah, and a third terrorist named Nashiri were the only three persons ever subjected to waterboarding by the CIA. (Additional terrorist detainees were subjected to other “enhanced techniques” that included slapping, sleep deprivation, dietary limitations, and temporary confinement to small spaces -- but not to water-boarding.)

This was because the CIA imposed very tight restrictions on the use of waterboarding. “The ‘waterboard,’ which is the most intense of the CIA interrogation techniques, is subject to additional limits,” explained the May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo. “It may be used on a High Value Detainee only if the CIA has ‘credible intelligence that a terrorist attack is imminent’; ‘substantial and credible indicators that the subject has actionable intelligence that can prevent, disrupt or deny this attack’; and ‘[o]ther interrogation methods have failed to elicit this information within the perceived time limit for preventing the attack.’”

The quotations in this part of the Justice memo were taken from an Aug. 2, 2004 letter that CIA Acting General Counsel John A. Rizzo sent to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

[. . .]

Before they were subjected to “enhanced techniques” of interrogation that included waterboarding, KSM and Zubaydah were not only uncooperative but also appeared contemptuous of the will of the American people to defend themselves.

[. . .]

After he was subjected to the “waterboard” technique, KSM became cooperative, providing intelligence that led to the capture of key al Qaeda allies and, eventually, the closing down of an East Asian terrorist cell that had been tasked with carrying out the 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles.
In related news, President Obama today announced that he has left the door open to prosecution of Bush administration officials who devised harsh interrogation tactics.

(Report from commercial news sources.)

Source: CIA Confirms: Waterboarding 9/11 Mastermind Led to Info that Aborted 9/11-Style Attack on Los Angeles

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How convenient... right after Cheney asks the CIA to release classified evidence to support his claims. And interesting as well that the CIA declassified material so quickly in response to the former VP's request. This would have been credible if it had been released in a timely manner.

2:55 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Er, if you had actually READ the post and linked article you would have seen that the information regarding this has been around for years.

The only thing suspect here is that Obama's PR machine has to keep chewing up anyone in its path to insure der Leader's popularity.

3:01 PM EDT  
Anonymous MoJo said...

Justice better get busy prosecuting Cheney before he spills the beans on ALL of Obama's secrets.


4:27 PM EDT  
Anonymous MoJo said...

BTW, that was sarcasm.

4:31 PM EDT  
Blogger Steven Moyer said...

Sources say Cheney made the request for terror memos to the National Archives, not the CIA, as widely misreported.


Here's an update from The Politico:

The Obama administration denied Tuesday that former Vice President Dick Cheney had directly asked the CIA to declassify memos that he claims would vindicate Bush-era techniques for harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists.

A senior U.S. intelligence official e-mailed: "The Agency has received no such request from the former Vice President.”

A source familiar with the request said the former vice president made the request to the National Archives, and said that is the appropriate process for requesting declassification.

On Monday, after Cheney made the statement to Fox News, the CIA declined to comment.

When reporters at Tuesday's White House briefing asked press secretary Robert Gibbs about the existence of such memos, he referred the question to the CIA.

4:40 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would it be appropriate to beat the daylights out of KSM with a blackjack as long as his injuries healed in a year, thus meeting the Bush defintion of "non-torure" by not doing "permanent injury"

7:14 PM EDT  
Anonymous MoJo said...

I think there are more than a few folks who would beat KSM with something a little more substantial than a blackjack.

Of course, none of the learned fools actually discuss the unintended consequences for these terrorists on the battlefield.

I'm sure that some enemy fighters would probably be the first to admit that a little bit of harsh interrogation sure beats the heck out of the more permanent alternative.....

7:31 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it totally dumbfounding that the same people who support tax cheats in the Obama administration, late term abortion, deny that the Constitution is founded on principals of faith, and believe politicians who lie when asked about their knowledge of these techniques, are the ones who want to lecture us on the immorality of harsh interrogation.

11:20 AM EDT  

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