Thursday, April 10, 2008

Recommended reading and viewing: White House Torture Advisers

Dan Froomkin’s post at The Washington Post "White House Torture Advisers."

Four minute video clip of last night’s report on ABC News.
Froomkin makes the following correction to the ABC News report:”There's one serious flaw in the ABC report: It allows the administration's version of Zubaydah's value as an intelligence asset to go unrefuted. ABC calls Zubaydah a "top al Qaeda operative" and reports that '[af]ter he was waterboarded, officials say Zubaydah gave up valuable information that led to the capture of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammad and fellow 9/11 plotter Ramzi bin al-Shibh.'

"But as I've written, administration statements about Zubaydah have been almost entirely contradicted by authoritative accounts from author Ron Suskind and New York Times reporter David Johnston.

"Zubaydah, it turns out, was a mentally ill minor functionary, nursed back to health by the FBI, who under CIA torture sent investigators chasing after false leads about al-Qaeda plots on American nuclear plants, water systems, shopping malls, banks and supermarkets.

"The most valuable information Zubaydah gave investigators about Mohammed was his nickname, which, as Dan Eggen and Dafna Linzer reported in The Washington Post, the CIA had already learned seven months earlier.”

Update from a friend this evening: Daily Kos: "Memo Signed by Bush, Authorizing Torture, Surfaces." I haven’t had time to verify this report.

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