Tortured & Enslaved: Enter the World’s Biggest Prison
(a) Offense.— Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.(b) Jurisdiction.— There is jurisdiction over the activity prohibited in subsection (a) if—
1 Hour PBS/Frontline documentary*:
* Nowhere in the so-called respectable mainstream journalism is it shown that CIA tortured people to cover up the 9/11 attacks, specifically the links to Saudi royals and Pakistani generals. The “failed” policies and mistakes-were-made meme permeates all imperial whitewashes, such as this one. More later…
Barrels of ink have been spilled ripping apart Hersh’s character, while barely any follow-up reporting has been done to corroborate or refute his claims—even though there’s no doubt that the Obama administration hasrepeatedly misinformed and misled the public about the incident. Even less attention has been paid to the little follow-up reporting that we did get, which revealed that the CIA likely lied about its role in finding bin Laden, which it used to justify torture to the public.
…even though, less than six months ago, the Senate released a 500-page report documenting in meticulous detail the dozens of times the CIA blatantly lied to the public, the press, and Congress about torture over the past decade.
Cheney’s about ready to kick off from natural causes. Especially with Paul Jay calling him out the other day for his part in the 9/11 conspiracy. Now even the NY Times has caught up to what a lot of us have been saying for a FUCKING DECADE OR MORE!
Such is accountability in the unaccountable empire.
Let’s be clear why they tortured Al Qaeda operatives: To cover up 9/11 and make sure nothing that was said could be a) trusted, and b) shared with the world. They were highly motivated to flaunt the law and wrangle their underlings into the Conspiracy to Torture. This was part of an extensive official cover-up.
CIA snatched away Abu Zubaydah from the FBI, kept him incommunicado without a single question and then tortured him in a secret dungeon AFTER this happened:
Zubaydah initially refused to help his American captors. Also, disclosed was how U.S. intelligence established a so-called “fake flag” operation, in which the wounded Zubaydah was transferred to Afghanistan under the ruse that he had actually been turned over to the Saudis. The Saudis had him on a wanted list, and the Americans believed that Zubaydah, fearful of torture and death at the hands of the Saudis, would start talking when confronted by U.S. agents playing the role of Saudi intelligence officers.
Instead, when confronted by his “Saudi” interrogators, Zubaydah showed no fear. Instead, according to the two U.S. intelligence sources that provided me the details, he seemed relieved. The man who had been reluctant to even confirm his identity to his U.S. captors, suddenly talked animatedly. He was happy to see them, he said, because he feared the Americans would kill him. He then asked his interrogators to call a senior member of the Saudi royal family. And Zubaydah provided a private home number and a cell phone number from memory. “He will tell you what to do,” Zubaydah assured them
That man was Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, one of King Fahd’s nephews, and the chairman of the largest Saudi publishing empire. Later, American investigators would determine that Prince Ahmed had been in the U.S. on 9/11. [Escaped on that infamous White House approved flight, while the airspace was closed to Americans?]
American interrogators used painkillers to induce Zubaydah to talk — they gave him the meds when he cooperated, and withdrew them when he was quiet. They also utilized a thiopental sodium drip (a so-called truth serum). Several hours after he first fingered Prince Ahmed, his captors challenged the information, and said that since he had disparaged the Saudi royal family, he would be executed. It was at that point that some of the secrets of 9/11 came pouring out. In a short monologue, that one investigator told me was the “Rosetta Stone” of 9/11, Zubaydah laid out details of how he and the al Qaeda hierarchy had been supported at high levels inside the Saudi and Pakistan governments.
It is my contention that the CIA committed Treason and Conspiracy to Torture in order to protect Saudi royal co-conspirators in the 9/11 attacks. Two White Houses have also participated in this conspiracy to give “Aid and Comfort” to the sponsors of the September 11th attacks, and that is high treason.
And nothing is done about it. It’s like ancient Rome at this point.
Torture propaganda was approved by the white house.
Especially disturbing are the lengths to which DoD’s then-Acting Inspector General Lynne Halbrooks went to suppress details of the collaboration between Hollywood and the CIA.
Feinstein’s panel produced a reportsaying that most of the “documents, statements and testimony” connecting the use of torture and the bin Laden mission were “inaccurate and incongruent with CIA records.”
CIA continues to lie about September 11th: “slip ups, glitches.”
Counterterrorism Advisor Richard Clarke: Fifty CIA officers knew that Al Qaeda terrorists were living in San Diego for 16 months prior to 9/11.
Also: Abu Zubaydah was silenced through torture. It was not to get information, it was to continue hiding what he knew about Saudi government officials, hiding it from FBI, hiding it from oversight, hiding it from the American people. That is the reason torture was employed.
Paul Thompson: How to Make Sense of 9/11