Lawyers can question 9/11 suspect in writing


Lawyers can question 9/11 suspect in writing

By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writer – August 22, 2009

WASHINGTON – Lawyers for a Guantanamo Bay detainee will be allowed to question — in writing — accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a federal judge has ruled. The decision is a setback for government lawyers who had sought to limit the scope of detainee lawyers’ challenges to the detention and prosecution of terror suspects.

In a written ruling, Judge Ricardo Urbina says lawyers for detainee Abdul Raheem Ghulam Rabbani can submit written questions about their client to Mohammed. Prosecutors say he worked for Mohammed, but Rabbani’s lawyers contend he was just a menial servant, not a part of any terror network.

The ruling says prosecutors may review the answers before delivering them to Rabbani’s lawyers to remove any national security information.

Government lawyers had unsuccessfully sought to convince the judge that any questioning of Mohammed by Rabbani’s lawyers would risk exposing details of sensitive intelligence programs.

Urbina‘s 15-page decision says Mohammed may have information that could help Rabbani’s case, and allows Rabbani’s lawyers to submit “a list of narrowly tailored” questions for Mohammed.

Mohammed has boasted of masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks, and he is the most high-profile detainee of the 229 terror suspects held at the detention facility at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

His possible testimony was a contentious issue in another terrorism case, the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. The court ruled in that case that a description of some of Mohammed’s statements to investigators could be introduced, but not all.

After he was captured in 2002, Rabbani claims he was taken to a “Dark Prison” where he says that for a period of about seven months he was kept in the dark, deprived of food, chained to a wall, and threatened with hanging.

The detainee claims he falsely confessed to knowing Osama bin Laden as a result of this treatment.

Urbina’s ruling comes in a civil court challenge to Rabbani’s detention, but if it is upheld it could have broader implications as the government prepares to bring detainees to trial in federal criminal courts and military commissions.

President Barack Obama has ordered the Guantanamo Bay prison closed by January 2010.

Urbina’s ruling is dated July 22, and was made public earlier this week. Parts of it are redacted, including a section describing what alleged terror work the government alleges he did for Mohammed.


US support for Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestian people PRIMARY MOTIVATION for tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 and on 9/11 (look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book):

What motivated the 9/11 hijackers? See testimony most didn’t:

The Gorilla in the Room is US Support for Israel:

3 Responses to “Lawyers can question 9/11 suspect in writing”

  • pvsheridan says:

    “What motivated the 9/11 hijackers? See testimony most didn’t”

    First of all, who’s “most”?

    You actually believe that diversion? You actually post a link to that Talmudic Youtube ROT in the context of thinking you are informing the rest of us? You sorry FOOL.

    Why don’t you-yourself watch it, observing closely the dual-citizen traitor sitting directly behind Hamilton at 0.50 seconds. Do you know who that is; the goofy f*ck with the eyeglasses turning to screen left (his right)?? Do you care? Or are you so dumb that these details don’t matter to you as long as you “feel good.”

    You sorry goyhim moron; doing their Talmudic bidding with gala abandon.

    Al Qaeda did 9/11?!

    19 Islamic hijackers did 9/11?

    Osama bin Laden did 9/11?

    You have a lot to learn mister.

  • Patriot says:

    ‘Inhumane’ CIA terror tactics spur criminal probe

    By DEVLIN BARRETT and PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writers Devlin Barrett And Pamela Hess
    1 min ago

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration launched a criminal investigation Monday into harsh questioning of detainees during President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism, revealing CIA interrogators’ threats to kill one suspect’s children and to force another to watch his mother sexually assaulted.

    At the same time, President Barack Obama ordered changes in future interrogations, bringing in other agencies besides the CIA under the direction of the FBI and supervised by his own national security adviser. The administration pledged questioning would be controlled by the Army Field Manual, with strict rules on tactics, and said the White House would keep its hands off the professional investigators doing the work.

    Despite the announcement of the criminal probe, several Obama spokesmen declared anew — as the president has repeatedly — that on the subject of detainee interrogation he “wants to look forward, not back” at Bush tactics. They took pains to say decisions on any prosecutions would be up to Attorney General Eric Holder, not the White House.

    Monday’s five-year-old report by the CIA’s inspector general, newly declassified and released under a federal court’s orders, described severe tactics used by interrogators on terror suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Seeking information about possible further attacks, interrogators threatened one detainee with a gun and a power drill and tried to frighten another with a mock execution of another prisoner.

    Attorney General Holder said he had chosen a veteran prosecutor to determine whether any CIA officers or contractors should face criminal charges for crossing the line on rough but permissible tactics.

    Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, appointed by President Bush in 2006, expressed dismay by the prospect of prosecutions for CIA officers. He noted that career prosecutors have already reviewed and declined to prosecute the alleged abuses.

    Obama has said interrogators would not face charges if they followed legal guidelines, but the report by the CIA’s inspector general said they went too far — even beyond what was authorized under Justice Department legal memos that have since been withdrawn and discredited. The report also suggested some questioners knew they were crossing a line.

    “Ten years from now we’re going to be sorry we’re doing this (but) it has to be done,” one unidentified CIA officer was quoted as saying, predicting the questioners would someday have to appear in court to answer for such tactics.

    The report concluded the CIA used “unauthorized, improvised, inhumane” practices in questioning “high-value” terror suspects.

    Monday’s documents represent the largest single release of information about the Bush administration’s once-secret system of capturing terrorism suspects and interrogating them in overseas prisons.

    White House officials said they plan to continue the controversial practice of rendition of suspects to foreign countries, though they said that in future cases they would more carefully check to make sure such suspects are not tortured.

    In one instance cited in the new documents, Abd al-Nashiri, the man accused of being behind the 2000 USS Cole bombing, was hooded, handcuffed and threatened with an unloaded gun and a power drill. The unidentified interrogator also threatened al-Nashiri’s mother and family, implying they would be sexually abused in front of him, according to the report.

    The interrogator denied making a direct threat.

    Another interrogator told alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, “if anything else happens in the United States, ‘We’re going to kill your children,'” one veteran officer said in the report.

    Death threats violate anti-torture laws.

    In another instance, an interrogator pinched the carotid artery of a detainee until he started to pass out, then shook him awake. He did this three times. The interrogator, a CIA debriefer accustomed to questioning willing subjects, said he had only recently been trained to conduct interrogations.

    Top Republican senators said they were troubled by the decision to begin a new investigation, which they said could weaken U.S. intelligence efforts. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Democratic chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the revelations showed the Bush administration went down a “dark road of excusing torture.”

    Investigators credited the detention-and-interrogation program for developing intelligence that prevented multiple attacks against Americans. One CIA operative interviewed for the report said the program thwarted al-Qaida plots to attack the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, derail trains, blow up gas stations and cut the suspension line of a bridge.

    “In this regard, there is no doubt that the program has been effective,” investigators wrote, backing an argument by former Vice President Dick Cheney and others that the program saved lives.

    But the inspector general said it was unclear whether so-called “enhanced interrogation” tactics contributed to that success. Those tactics include waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique that the Obama administration says is torture. Measuring the success of such interrogation is “a more subjective process and not without some concern,” the report said.

    The report describes at least one mock execution, which would also violate U.S. anti-torture laws. To terrify one detainee, interrogators pretended to execute the prisoner in a nearby room. A senior officer said it was a transparent ruse that yielded no benefit.

    As the report was released, Attorney General Holder appointed prosecutor John Durham to open a preliminary investigation into the claims of abuse. Durham is already investigating the destruction of CIA interrogation videos and now will examine whether CIA officers or contractors broke laws in the handling of suspects.

    The administration also announced Monday that all U.S. interrogators will follow the rules for detainees laid out by the Army Field Manual. The manual, last updated in September 2006, prohibits forcing detainees to be naked, threatening them with military dogs, exposing them to extreme heat or cold, conducting mock executions, depriving them of food, water, or medical care, and waterboarding.

    Formation of the new interrogation unit for “high-value” detainees does not mean the CIA is out of the business of questioning terror suspects, deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton told reporters covering the vacationing president on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

    Burton said the unit will include “all these different elements under one group” and will be located at the FBI headquarters in Washington.

    The structure of the new unit the White House is creating would be significantly broader than under the Bush administration, when the CIA had the lead and sometimes exclusive role in questioning al-Qaida suspects.

    Obama campaigned vigorously against Bush administration interrogation practices in his successful run for the presidency. He has said more recently he didn’t particularly favor prosecuting officials in connection with instances of prisoner abuse.

    Burton said Holder “ultimately is going to make the decisions.”

    CIA Director Leon Panetta said in an e-mail message to agency employees Monday that he intended “to stand up for those officers who did what their country asked and who followed the legal guidance they were given. That is the president’s position, too,” he said.

    Panetta said some CIA officers have been disciplined for going beyond the methods approved for interrogations by the Bush-era Justice Department. Just one CIA employee — contractor David Passaro_ has been prosecuted for detainee abuse.


    Associated Press Writers Matt Apuzzo and Jennifer Loven in Washington and Philip Elliott in Oak Bluffs, Mass., contributed to this story.

  • Patriot says:

    CIA report: Detainees threatened with family rape

Leave a Reply